The Evaluation Feasibility Study was designed to provide information to DHHS and to Tribes on several questions:
- Is an evaluation of DHHS programs operated under Tribal self-governance feasible?
- What evaluation issues and research questions are important to address in an evaluation?
- What measures – both qualitative and quantitative – are appropriate to use to address each of the selected evaluation issues and research questions?
- Are there data available, within DHHS and from Tribes managing DHHS programs, which would permit an evaluation to be conducted, using a rigorous methodology that would be likely to produce reliable results?
- What are the cost implications of alternative feasible evaluation strategies (including sample size cost implications)?
It is important to note that, while this project was intended to provide information helpful to the design of an evaluation, the project was not designed to produce a definitive evaluation design and methodology. Any evaluation that might be considered, at some future time, would be developed with a consultation process between DHHS and the Tribes. Results of this Study were intended only to provide information on feasible options for an evaluation and considerations that can be used by DHHS in consultation with the Tribes about an evaluation that could be conducted and the range of issues that could be addressed.