Feasibility Study for the Evaluation of DHHS Programs Operated under Tribal Self-Governance. 1.4 - Organization of this Draft Final Report

11/30/2003

This Draft Final Report on the Evaluation Feasibility Study provides background information and assesses the feasibility of conducting an evaluation of DHHS programs managed by Tribes under self-governance.  Throughout the 15-month project, guidance and input were provided to the study team and to OASPE by the project’s Technical Working Group (TWG).[2] In addition, preliminary findings of the site visits and data reviews were presented at discussion sessions held at three national conferences: National Indian Health Board, Self-Governance Tribes, and National Congress of American Indians.  The issues raised and perspectives of the TWG and participants in the discussion groups are reflected in the findings presented throughout this Draft Final Report. 

Section 2 of this Draft Report provides an overview of considerations for the feasibility of conducting an evaluation of DHHS programs managed by Tribes under self-governance and describes key feasibility issues that guide the study. The study methodology and background information activities conducted are described in Section 3.  Findings from the site visits and data reviews are presented in Section 4 and results of the discussion groups held at national conferences are presented in Section 5.  In Section 6, four illustrative evaluation models are described and issues and considerations for the feasibility of conducting these alternative evaluation models are discussed.  A summary and discussion of the findings of the study is provided in Section 7.

[1] NOTE ON DIFFERENCES IN PROGRAMS IN BILL SUBMITTED IN CONGRESS.

[2] Appendix A to this Report provides the list of members of the Technical Working Group.

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