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Office of Science and Data Policy (SDP)

The Office of Science and Data Policy is the departmental focal point for policy research, analysis, evaluation, and coordination of department-wide public health science policy and data policy activities and issues. The Office provides authoritative advice and analytical support to the ASPE and departmental leadership on public health science policy and data policy issues and initiatives, coordinates science and data policy issues of interagency scope within HHS, and manages interagency initiatives in science policy and data policy. The Office works closely with staff from across the Department on strategic plan development and implementation efforts. The Offices also carries out a program of policy research, analysis, evaluation, and data development in these issues.

The Office of Science and Data Policy includes several components:

Topic Areas:

  • HHS Data Council
  • Regulatory Impact Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Information Quality Guidelines
  • Prevention and wellness
  • Public health systems and functions
  • Food safety and nutrition
  • Drugs and devices
  • Tobacco control and prevention
  • Biomedical research and development
  • Economic analysis
  • Emergency preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Data and statistical policy
  • Health disparities and vulnerable populations
  • Health information technology
  • Microsimulation
  • Privacy policy


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Rapid Evaluation Approaches for Complex Initiatives

March 30, 2014
This paper presents a comparative framework of rapid evaluation methods for projects of three levels of complexity: quality improvement methods for simple process improvement projects; rapid cycle evaluations for complicated organizational change programs, and systems-based rapid feedback methods for large-scale systems change or population change initiatives.

Understanding Disparities in Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Research Approaches and Datasets

September 29, 2013
Final White Paper Contract # HHSP2333700IT Prepared for: James Sorace, MD, MS,   Michael Millman, PhD Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 200 Independence Ave. S.W. Washington, DC 20201

Understanding the High Prevalence of Low-Prevalence Chronic Disease Combinations: Databases and Methods for Research

September 19, 2013
Final White Paper Contract # HHSP2333700IT September 20, 2013
ASPE Issue Brief

The Feasibility of Using Electronic Health Data for Research on Small Populations

August 31, 2013
ASPE REPORT The Feasibility of Using Electronic Health Data for Research on Small Populations September 2013 By: Kelly Devers, Bradford Gray et. Al. Disclaimer

Assessing the Status and Prospects of State and Local Health Department Information Technology Infrastructure

December 31, 2012
This report describes how state health agencies(SHAs) and local health department(LHDs) use information technology systems to capture, manage, analyze, and report information.

Dissemination and Adoption of Comparative Effectiveness Research Findings When Findings Challenge Current Practices

December 31, 2012
By: Eric C. Schneider, Justin W. Timbie, D. Steven Fox, Kristin R. Van Busum, John P. Caloyeras

Evaluation Planning and Tools for Front of Package Nutrition Labeling. Final Report

August 31, 2012
Front-of-package (FOP) nutrition labeling systems are tools that can help consumers choose healthy diets consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It is expected that consumers’ use of nutrition information when making food purchasing decisions will improve their dietary choices and result in their reduced risk of obesity and chronic diseases.

Health Care Cost Containment and Medical Innovation

July 22, 2012
Containing the costs of health care can be useful to government, employer, and household budgets, but it may have a detrimental impact on innovation, since health care costs are the main source of revenue for medical innovators. Developers seek profits and so are attracted to industries and innovate where they believe profits can be made.

A Review and Analysis of Economic Models of Prevention Benefits

June 7, 2012
The growth in both the prevalence and spending on chronic diseases in the U.S. population has trigged an increased appreciation of the potential for preventive services as important strategies to delay or avoid the development of harmful and costly conditions.