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


The Evaluation Feasibility Study was designed to provide information to the Office of the Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (OASP) and the Tribes on several questions:

  • Would an evaluation of Tribal Self-Governance be feasible?
  • What would be the important evaluation issues and research questions?
  • How would these issues and questions be addressed?
  • Would there be sufficient data available to permit an evaluation to be conducted?
  • What would be the costs of each alternative approach?

The Evaluation Feasibility Study was structured to obtain input and views of Tribal representatives, through a Technical Working Group, site visits, and discussion groups held at national American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) conferences.  Technical Working Group members and other Tribal representatives provided input and comments on a range of issues, including feasibility considerations, the type of evaluation activities that would be desirable, and the potential benefits that evaluation could provide to Tribes. 

It is important to note that, while the purpose of this project has been to provide information helpful to the design of an evaluation, the project was not designed to produce a definitive evaluation design and methodology.  Results of this Study identify and describe feasible options for an evaluation and provide observations helpful to efforts on the part of DHHS and the Tribes regarding the range of issues that should be addressed.