This report, Performance Improvement 2011-2012, the 17th in this series, summarizes the key findings from studies completed during the two fiscal-year period ending September 30, 2011.
Report Citations The studies are listed below in order of their Policy Information Center identification (PIC ID) number. The studies have been conducted by or funded through the Department of Health and Human Services by the specific agency or office sponsor. Reports may be obtained at the URL hotlinks provided, or from the Fed
This report, Performance Improvement 2010, the 16th annual report in this series, describes the findings from 113 studies completed during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. The study summaries and the publicly available database from which they are drawn are to be found at http://aspe.hhs.gov/pic/performance.
Performance Improvement 2009. Appendix A - Federal Domestic Assistance Programs of the Department of Health and Human Services
Federal Domestic Assistance Programs of the Department of Health and Human Services 
Performance Improvement 2009. How Many and Who Receive What Kind of Energy Assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program?
Program staff analyzed service and expenditure data for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In FY 2006, LIHEAP provided assistance through block grants to the States, the District of Columbia, Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations, and United States Insular Areas. These households represented 16 percent of all households with
Performance Improvement 2009. How Does the Assets for Independence Program Impact Participants' New Worth, Employment, Income and Means-Tested Benefits Receipt?
This evaluation examined the Assets for Independence (AFI), the largest individual development account program administered by the Administration for Children and Families. Individual development accounts are personal savings accounts targeted to low-income persons that encourage participants to save for types of asset building, typically home pu
Performance Improvement 2009. Do State And Local Agencies Enable Individuals and Families To Become Self-Sufficient?
The study examined the extent to which the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network measured and reported performance outcomes of Community Action. The researchers surveyed the 50 States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and CSBG eligible entities nationally and analyzed how the CSBG Network measured and reported outcomes.
Staff updated the status of the Assets for Independence (AFI) program as of the end of the program's 6 th and 7 th years. AFI enables community-based nonprofits and government agencies assist low-income individuals and families with the information and resources necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency by accumulating assets.
Performance Improvement 2008. Appendix C - table of the studies in this report, organized by agency and office, indicating the Objective where the study may be found.
Elements of evaluation: Effective programs achieve results. Results derive from good management which requires good decisions. Good decision-making depends on good information. Good information requires good data and careful analysis. Creative project officers, skillful researchers, thoughtful and receptive leaders contribute to value-added e
Performance Improvement 2008. How Many and Who Receives What Kind of Energy Assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program?
Program staff analyzed service and expenditure data for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The block grant program assists low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs. LIHEAP assistance w
Performance Improvement 2008. Are Social Services Block Grant Program Funds Used by States and Territories to Provide Services to Adults and Children?
Use of Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Program funds were examined by this study. States use the flexible funding to provide a wide range of critical services to vulnerable older adults, persons with disabilities, at-risk adolescents and young adults, and children and families. Programs most frequently supported by SSBG include child care, chil
Performance Improvement 2008. How Does Outcome Performance of State and Local Community Services Block Grant Agencies Impact the Lives of Low-income Americans?
States´ success promoting individual and community economic advancement was evaluated as required by statute. This study examined Fiscal Year 2004 program outcome information from all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The study examined the impact of CSBG programs and activities on families and communities using 12 National Per
Performance Improvement 2008. How Do Community Services Block Grant Projects Reduce Poverty, Revitalize Low-Income Communities and Empower Family and Individual Self-Sufficiency?
The use of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds was evaluated as mandated by law. The evaluation examined how 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and CSBG eligible entities used funds they received under the program. In 2004, nearly $643 million CSBG block grant funds were used by States and local CSBG eligible entities to pro
Performance Improvement 2008. Goal 3 - Promote the Economic and Social Well-being of Individuals, Families, and Communities
P ROMOTE THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING OF INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES This Strategic Goal seeks to protect life, family, and human dignity by promoting the economic and social well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhancing the safety and well-being of children, youth, and other vulnerable populations; and str
Chapter I presents highlights from the findings of the studies included in this Performance Improvement 2007 report. These examples were selected to emphasize the breadth of subject areas addressed by the studies and showcase the diverse methodologies used.
Mission To provide analytical support and advice to the Secretary on policy development and assist the Secretary with the development and coordination of department wide program planning and evaluation activities. Evaluation Program