Feasibility Study for the Evaluation of DHHS Programs That Are or May Be Operated Under Tribal Self-Governance. Objectives of the Study

03/03/2004

The Evaluation Feasibility Study was designed to provide information to DHHS and to Tribes on several questions:

  • Would an evaluation of DHHS programs operated under a new Tribal Self-Governance demonstration program be feasible?
  • What evaluation issues and research questions would be important to address in an evaluation?
  • What measures – both qualitative and quantitative – would be appropriate to use to address each of the selected evaluation issues and research questions?
  • Would there be 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 would be the cost implications of alternative feasible evaluation strategies?

This project was intended to provide information helpful to the design of an evaluation and was not designed to produce a definitive evaluation design and methodology. 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.