Coordination Role of ASPE
On September 26, 2014, the HHS Secretary delegated the authority to the Office of the Secretary for Planning and Evaluation’s (ASPE) to carry out the activities described in the legislative mandate. Through its Office of Health Policy, ASPE serves as the coordinator for the data infrastructure investment portfolio across HHS agencies. The delegation of authority enabled ASPE to lead department-wide leadership and staff groups (e.g., inter-agency workgroups), develop and maintain a strategic framework and shared vision for data infrastructure, set annual funding priorities to meet strategic goals, manage the financial responsibilities, and periodic performance evaluations.
ASPE regularly convenes HHS agency leaders to identify priorities for projects that build data capacity for PCOR. Through this coordination, ASPE and agency leaders support HHS research programs and generate new scientific evidence that helps to inform decisions about patient health outcomes.
In addition, ASPE fosters interagency working groups that bring together Federal researchers and research networks, program officials, and data experts to conduct collaborative projects which are designed to build data capacity for patient-centered research. ASPE regularly convenes project teams comprised of Federal researchers for administrative and educational meetings to discuss progress towards building data capacity, share outputs from projects, stimulate collaboration, disseminate information tools, and maintain a strategic plan.
HHS Leadership Council for the OS-PCORTF
The Leadership Council for the OS-PCORTF assists ASPE in identifying priorities, reviews and approves projects for further consideration of OS-PCORTF annual awards. It is comprised of relevant HHS agency heads or their designees. The help the Council to fulfill its responsibilities, OS-PCORTF staff in ASPE work closely with its Leadership Council, HHS agency representatives, and project leads.
OS-PCORTF Project Selection
ASPE, with the guidance of the HHS OS-PCORTF Leadership Council, manages the selection of projects to be funded each year through a transparent and collaborative process. The process generally begins in the spring and concludes in the fall; in the intervening period, projects are developed from concept to full proposal by collaborative intra-departmental teams. The projects undergo peer-review during development and, after further review, are presented to the OS-PCORTF Leadership Council. Recommendations of the Council are ultimately sent to Secretary, then OMB for review and approval.