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.
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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
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 
Study researchers explored whether it was possible and appropriate to design and conduct an evaluation of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) program. A communication evaluation could provide the National Cancer Institute with information that would help future access and use of HINTS program data. Researchers telephoned and ema
This study determined which parts of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) monitor their research project grants in accordance with Federal regulations. In 2007, the Institute disbursed 54 percent of its $29.1 billion budget in funding more than 38,000 research project grants.
Performance Improvement 2009. What Facilitated or Hindered Start-Up of a Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program; What Does Starting the Program in a Community Based Setting Cost?
An in-depth evaluation of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program (CRCSDP) is being conducted to inform current program implementation and support decision making about future screening efforts. The CRCSDP was established to explore the feasibility of implementing a national program for the underserved U.S. population and to learn w
Performance Improvement 2008. Appendix E - guidance regarding online access to the full database of evaluations.
How To Obtain More Information This report provides summaries of the most recent evaluations.Here are 5 ways you can get started if you want to obtain more information than provided here. DIFFERENT WAYS TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION
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
This study looked at the feasibility of conducting a full-scale process evaluation of the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program to analyze the costs of the program's central cancer registries. SEER registries collect data on the occurrence and characteristics of reportable malignancies. The informati
Performance Improvement 2008. How Best Measure Success of the Innovative Molecular Analysis Program?
This study examined the feasibility and informed the design of an outcome evaluation for the National Cancer Institute´s Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) program. IMAT is a trans-NCI program aimed at accelerating technology development efforts to better treat, diagnose, detect, and prevent cancer.
Performance Improvement 2008. Are Cancer Patients Concerned About Possible Financial Conflicts of Interest Between Researchers, Medical Centers and Drug Companies?
This study surveyed cancer clinical trial participants to determine their attitudes regarding financial ties between researchers, medical centers, and companies whose drugs are being tested and potential safeguards. There are two major reasons some might be concerned about financial conflicts of interest in the clinical research: they might increa
Performance Improvement 2008. Should an Outcome Evaluation of In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Centers Be Conducted?
This study explored whether an outcome evaluation of the In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Centers (ICMIC) Program was both warranted and feasible, and, if so, to recommend an outcome evaluation design. The ICMIC Program has supported the emerging field of molecular imaging by funding Research Center Grants. The initiatives were designed to e
Performance Improvement 2008. What Progress Has Been Made Collecting, Classifying, and Analyzing Safety Data Across NIH-Sponsored Clinical Trials?
Researchers examined current safety data collection standards and processes, including classification and analysis across several investigational sponsored clinical trials. They developed strategies for harmonizing data collection and reporting to facilitate data sharing and evaluation across NIH-sponsored studies. The evaluation focused on issues
Performance Improvement 2008. Goal 4 - Advance Scientific and Biomedical Research and Development Related to Health and Human Services
A DVANCE SCIENTIFIC AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT RELATED TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Basic science is the foundation for improved health and human services. However, once a basic discovery is made, the findings must be applied and translated into practices for health and human service improvement to result. This continuum from ba
Performance Improvement 2007. How Can the Effectiveness of Efforts to Detect Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Be Measured and Improved?
Summary: This program management project developed a comprehensive 5-year evaluation plan for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. The evaluation plan was developed to be used to gauge accomplishments and better coordinate efforts within the offices responsible for administering the cancer detection