HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. b. Categories of Information Disseminated


The development and dissemination of timely and high quality data and information is a critical component of the missions of many HHS programs, as well as those of HHS partners in the health and human services communities. As a result, HHS plays a major role in information dissemination, as a producer and user of high quality data and information, as a collaborator with partners in the health and human services communities, and as a national leader in health and human services information policy.

In carrying out their diverse statutes and missions, HHS agencies develop and support the dissemination of the following types of substantive information:

  • Scientific research studies (the results of biomedical, behavioral, services research and social science research)
  • Statistical and analytic studies (the results of surveys, statistical systems as well as analytical and modeling studies and public use data files
  • Programmatic, administrative and regulatory information, including program evaluations
  • Authoritative health, medical and human services information aimed at consumers and health and human services professionals
  • Public health surveillance, epidemiology and risk assessment studies and information