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
Abt Associates, Inc., conducted Project Upgrade, a two-year experimental test of the effectiveness of three different language and literacy interventions, implemented in child care centers in Miami-Dade County that served children from low-income families. Prior to the interventions, initial observations showed that teachers engaged in few of t
An evaluation examined a one-year old telephonic care management program in Rhode Island that tried to encourage depressed parents receiving Medicaid to seek mental health services. The program is one of four strategies being studied in the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project (HtE). The HtE project is
One grantee member of a five grantee consortium that designs and tests approaches to support the mental health of infants, toddlers, and their families within ACF supported Early Head Start programs successfully reduced maternal depression in new Latina immigrants. The grantee succeeded in a population in which recognition of depressive symptom
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.
What characterizes An Evaluation? For the purposes of deciding whether a project or study belongs in the Policy Information Center database of evaluations and hence in the annual Performance Improvement report to Congress, we encourage agency staff to cast a wide net. This Appendix provides a discussion to aid in this task.
Studies by Agency 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 an
Agency Mission and Evaluation Program Statements This appendix describes the mission and evaluation program for each agency and office in the Department of Health and Human Services that conducts evaluations. For those that have a dedicated evaluation web site, this is provided below. These resources supplement what is available
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. What Early Implementation Experiences Have Head Start Oral Health Initiative Grantees Had?
This study examined was designed to describe the oral health promotion strategies developed by the 52 Head Start Oral Health Initiative (OHI) grantees and evaluated implementation. The study is based primarily on telephone interviews with grantees conducted in 2007 and on information collected in the program record-keeping system by grantees on t
Performance Improvement 2009. Does Participation in the "I am Moving, I am Learning" Train the Trainer Program Result in Program Implementation?
Researchers examined the extent to which grantees who participated in a training-of-trainers implemented a Head Start program enhancement called I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IM/IL). The IM/IL program was intended to (1) increase the quantity of time children spend in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during their daily routine; (2) imp
Performance Improvement 2009. How Can We Best Study Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Programs, Children and Families?
This study first reviewed the challenges of studying Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs and then piloted a selection of assessment and research methods. Challenges highlighted included family mobility, bilingual language development, geographical distribution, age range served (i.e., zero to five years) and extensive program schedule
Performance Improvement 2009. How Can We Improve Employment and Other Outcomes for Low-Income Parents and Others Who Face Serious Barriers to Employment?
The Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ project is evaluating four diverse strategies designed to improve employment and other outcomes for low-income parents and others who face serious barriers to employment. The evaluation utilizes an experimental, random assignment design and includes three main parts: an implementation study, an impact
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. Appendix B - each agency's and office's program mission and evaluation program.
Agency Mission and Evaluation Program Statements
This Survey of Early Head Start Programs collected quantitative data on all programs and qualitative information during 17 site visits. Rapid expansion of the Early Head Start program during the past decade has increased the need for descriptive information on the program. The survey included a comprehensive set of questions on program management
Performance Improvement 2007. What Are the Characteristics of the Children and Families Being Served by the Head Start Program?
Summary: This study analyzed data from a survey begun in year 2000 of a nationally representative sample of children and families served by the Head Start program. The study examined information on children's cognitive and social-emotional development over the Head Start year(s), measures of classroom quality including teacher
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 promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Evaluation Program