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


In general, the site visits conducted indicate that data are available on the relevant DHHS programs and, for these six Tribes, the available data often is much more extensive than the data that are required to be submitted to Federal agencies for reporting.  Key findings include:

  • Most Tribes visited have current staff able to provide information about the process and goals of Tribal management or Self-Governance of programs. The depth of knowledge of the history and background of Self-Governance and Tribal management of programs that was provided by Tribal staff who participated in the site visit suggests that there would be no problems encountered in conducting an evaluation that included retrospective information on the background, history and objectives of Tribal Self-Governance and DHHS program management.
  • All Tribes visited have detailed accounting information for all programs of interest because accounting services are provided centrally. The Tribes visited provided examples of accounting reports on each program of interest that they managed. These reports were comprehensive and detailed and could provide extensive and useful information for evaluation purposes.
  • All Tribes visited would be able to provide evaluators with hard copy or disk copy of the standard reports required by the DHHS for most of the programs they manage.  Many Tribes can also provide much more detailed data than are required by DHHS based on reports they provide to Tribal leaders.

These findings suggest that Tribes have existing financial data systems that would, in most cases, be able to provide considerable financial detail on each of the DHHS programs of interest.  In addition, most Tribes have either hard copy or electronic data on each DHHS program that they manage that could provide baseline information for an evaluation.