The work doesn’t stop on the day you kick off your MSK health strategy.

There needs to be a continual review process.

This is because your organization’s needs — and effective strategies — will change over time. 

Key element:

  • Continual review process
  • Continuous improvement
  • Adjust goals and take corrective action

Through evaluation, you can assess whether or not you achieved your intended outcomes and improved physical health and safety. From there you can adjust your plans and take any corrective action. This will help keep your organization moving in the right direction. 

How often you review your progress depends on what works best for your organization.  You may want to start with a monthly review of your initial progress. Then, move to quarterly reviews and reporting on your progress to stakeholders. An annual review is recommended to report on outcomes and where you are relative to your baseline. 


Things to consider in your review:

  • An analysis of key outcome data
  • Behavioural changes
  • Learning/knowledge outcomes 

Questions you want to ask:

  • Is the strategy you implemented working?
  • Are the current means and resources sufficient? If not, do you require additional support?
  • Is your strategy achieving its intended outcomes?

Outcomes of the review:

  • Identify opportunities to improve and take any corrective actions.  
  • Update any of the relevant policies and procedures. 
  • Adjust and update goals, targets and action plans. 
  • Identify different ways to communicate that will improve understanding and enable you to share updates.

Include the following in your review: 

  1. Organizational MSK health checklist: Now is a good time to revisit the checklist from stage 2. This time, focus on the gaps you identified. Determine whether you have succeeded in closing these gaps.
  2. Absence and disability trends: Re-assess your absence and disability trends and compare with your baseline. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results right away. It may take several months to a year before you see an impact in these trends. 

Look for decreases in:

  • casual absences, especially in departments with high MSK claims
  • short-term disability (STD), LTD and worker’s compensation MSK claims
  • duration of STD, LTD and worker’s compensation MSK claims