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
Acronyms and Glossary 1915(c) waivers refers to section 1915(c) of the Medicaid program allowing the Secretary of HHS to waive certain program requirements in the law. Waivers permit States greater flexibility to target program eligibility and provide home and community based services for the disabled and/or elderly population
Performance Improvement 2009. How Do Two Highly Successful Community Clinics Control Patients' Blood Pressure?
Researchers evaluated the Stroke and Heart Attack Prevention Program (SHAPP). The program provided treatment and medicines for poor Georgians. The average rate of blood pressure control among patients in SHAPP clinics was about 60 percent, compared with the national average of 35 percent. This evaluation found out what made the SHAPP clinics so s
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 Can Social Services Be Designed to Better Help Families At Risk of Poverty?
In this exploratory study, researchers examined the factors influencing the functioning of families, especially those at risk of poverty, to identify lessons about how to design possible human services demonstrations to improve the well-being of at-risk families and children. They synthesized research relevant to decision-making and behavior abou
Performance Improvement 2009. What Long-Term Employment Patterns Do Youth Too Old for Foster Care Exhibit?
Looking at California, North Carolina and Minnesota, this study assessed employment outcomes for former youth through age 24 by linking child welfare, Unemployment Insurance (UI) and TANF administrative data outcomes for former youth through age 24 in three states. A primary task for youth in transitioning to adulthood is sustaining employment to
Performance Improvement 2009. How Has the Longest-Running Statewide Marriage Initiative Developed and Been Implemented?
This process evaluation analyzed the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI), which aims to promote and strengthen marriage for low income families, primarily by providing relationship skills education. The OMI uses service delivery infrastructure to provide services and has a growing cadre of volunteer relationship skills instructors trained under th
Performance Improvement 2009. How Can We Best Move Poor Health Care Beneficiaries into the Prescription Drug Payment Program?
This study examined whether the administrative state-to-plan (S2P) process was more efficient than the point-of-sale facilitated enrollment process in moving low-income subsidy beneficiaries to Part D.
Performance Improvement 2008. Appendix D - glossary of evaluation terms, terms-of-art used by some offices or agencies, and acronyms for the organizational units of HHS.
The glossary, new with this 2008 issue of the report, provides some assistance to readers who may be unfamiliar with the terms and acronyms found in the report. 1915(c) waivers – refers to section 1915(c) of the Medicaid program allowing the Secretary of HHS to waive certain program requirements in the law. Waivers permit States greater flexib
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. What Does the Low-Income Child Care Market Look Like After Welfare Reform; What Characterizes Family Child Care?
This project studied the low income child care market in 25 communities in 17 States with a sub-study examining family child care in 5 neighborhoods. A survey was conducted of 2,500 low-income families to determine how they made child care decisions and to study the relationship between child care subsidies and their choices.
This study examined programs that target low-income individuals, including those who are employed but at low wages, and individuals who receive cash assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program who are likely to encounter greater barriers to employment. The Innovative Employment Strategies project provided informatio
Performance Improvement 2008. What Features Make Targeted Insurance Programs Successful With the Poor?
This study examined the efforts in six States to develop market-based, low cost health insurance products targeted to low income workers. In addition to providing detailed case studies, the study compared the different approaches used in four broad areas: program design; program financing; methods to keep the program affordable; and program admini
Performance Improvement 2008. How Appropriate Are Medicare Drug Coverage Risk-Adjustments for the Disabled and Low-Income Subsidy-Eligible Persons?
This project continued research on drug risk adjustment originally designed to supplement Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) data used to develop the initial drug risk adjusters. Drug risk-adjustment is the process by which payments to drug insurance plans are adjusted to take into account the higher costs of individuals who have expe
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
Environmental Scan to Identify the Major Research Questions and Metrics for Monitoring the Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Safety Net Hospitals. 8. Differences in Responses to Health Reform by Type of Safety Net Hospital
As mentioned above, safety net hospitals include not only public hospitals, but also many academic medical centers and private hospitals. These distinctions may be less meaningful and important than in the past, as many safety net hospitals—regardless of ownership—have pursued similar strategies in recent years of reducing costs, expanding int
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
Mission To generate and disseminate information that improves the health care system. Evaluation Program The Evaluation Program within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides information on the Agencys effectiveness in meeting its long‑term goals and priorities, the efficiency of the Agencys program performance t