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Evaluation

Evaluation and analysis provide essential evidence for HHS to understand how its programs work, for whom, and under what circumstances. HHS builds evidence through evaluation and analysis in order to inform decisions in budget, legislative, regulatory, strategic planning, program, and policy arenas. Given the breadth of work supported by HHS, many evaluations and analyses are conducted each year. These efforts range in scope, scale, design, and methodology, but all aim to understand how the effect of programs and policies and how they can be improved. 

Across HHS, evaluation comes in many forms, including: 

  • Program evaluations using the most rigorous designs appropriate; 
  • Capacity-building initiatives to improve administrative data collection, accessibility, and use for management; 
  • Exploratory and preliminary quantitative and qualitative analysis to build evidence; 
  • Pilots and demonstrations; and 
  • Statistical analysis of factors related to health and human services programs and policies. 

ASPE coordinates the evaluation community by regularly convening the HHS Evaluation & Evidence Policy Council, which builds capacity by sharing best practices and promising new approaches across HHS. 

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Hospitalization Cost Savings Associated with COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Medicare Beneficiaries in Early 2021

May 4, 2022
Using Medicare FFS claims data and county-level vaccination rates, we estimate savings of about $2.6 billion from reduced Medicare hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 vaccinations in early 2021.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Examples of Successful Evidence-Based Strategies and Current Federal Efforts

April 1, 2022
Long-standing health inequities and poor health outcomes remain a pressing policy challenge in the U.S. While opportunities to advance health equity through clinical care continue to be important, addressing the ways in which social determinants of health (SDOH) increase or decrease the risk of poor health outcomes is critical to improving the nation’s health and wellbeing.
Report

FY 2023 HHS Evaluation Plan

March 28, 2022
This Annual Evaluation Plan is one of several required Evidence Act products, including the 4-year Evidence-Building Plan (also referred to as the Learning Agenda), Capacity Assessment, and agency Evaluation Policy. The FY2023 Evaluation Plan priority areas are aligned with the goals of the FY 2022-2026 HHS Strategic Plan and the FY 2023- 2026 HHS Evidence-Building Plan.
Report

FY 2023-2026 HHS Capacity Assessment

March 28, 2022
Under the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act), the Capacity Assessment requires agencies to assess the coverage, quality, methods, effectiveness, and independence of their statistics, evaluation, research, and analysis efforts.
Report

FY 2023-2026 HHS Evidence-Building Plan

March 28, 2022
The HHS Evidence Building Plan, required by the Evidence Act, is a systematic plan for identifying and addressing policy questions relevant to the programs, policies, and regulations of the agency.
Program Evaluation, Report

Interim Cost and Quality Findings from the National Evaluation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration

December 23, 2021
This report outlines interim findings from the evaluation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) evaluation.
Report

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Demonstration Program: Report to Congress, 2020

December 23, 2021
This is the fourth annual report to Congress describing results from the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) evaluation. This report summarizes changes in CCBHC rates and costs from demonstration year one (DY1) to DY2, performance on quality measures in DY1, and the extent to which states provided quality bonus payments (QBPs) to CCBHCs for DY1.
Research Brief

COVID-19 Vaccination Associated with Reductions in COVID-19 Mortality and Morbidity in the United States, and an Approach to Valuing these Benefits

December 15, 2021
This ASPE Research Report models the estimated reductions in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths associated with COVID-19 vaccination from December 2020 through July 2021. To download the Research Report, please download the PDF to the right under “Files”. To explore our dashboard that presents the Report’s results, please see below.
ASPE Issue Brief

Participation in the U.S. Social Safety Net: Coverage of Low-income Families, 2018

November 24, 2021
Participation in the social safety net varies widely across programs—from 15 percent among eligibles for subsidized child care (CCDF) to over 75 percent for Medicaid/CHIP and EITC.  Participation differs by race and ethnicity, yet patterns are not consistent. In general rates differ more across programs than between race-ethnic groups.
Report

Comparing Outcomes for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries in Integrated Care: Final Report

October 22, 2021
Dual eligible beneficiaries are an important subset of the Medicare and Medicaid populations because they have a high prevalence of chronic conditions and disabilities, substantial care needs, and high health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) utilization and costs.