To provide additional background information for the study, data were compiled from relevant sources that provided Tribal/Tribal organization-specific information on population size, age and gender distribution, socioeconomic characteristics, and any other variables that might be useful for describing and comparing Tribes. This data compilation was intended to provide information for selecting and describing Tribes for the site visit component of the study, as well as information that could be useful to OASPE if an evaluation was conducted at some future time.
The Data Report provides information on a range of demographic and socioeconomic data that are useful for characterizing Tribes that manage both health and social service programs. Because of this broad interest, the Data Report is a compilation of information that may be relevant to Tribal management of many programs.
Data sources that were used to develop the population and other characteristics, by Tribe, included the 2000 Census and documents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service. There are serious limitations of these data sources and no good solutions are available to ensure that complete, accurate, and comparable data can be assembled for each Federally-recognized Tribe. Despite these limitations, the Data Report provides some useful information on socio-economic and demographic characteristics of specific Tribes.