The working group identified the following assumptions and principles as important to meeting the charge outlined in the REGO II process:
• The analytic capabilities of HHS surveys should be improved, particularly in terms of the ability to relate different aspects of the health system.
• Unnecessary overlap and duplication should be reduced.
• Burden on respondents to HHS surveys should be reduced in the aggregate, without increasing burden on any individual respondents to an unacceptable level.
• A framework should be established in which existing HHS surveys are streamlined and rationalized.
• Priority data needs that are currently met through existing survey efforts should continue to be met.
• Critical unmet data needs identified by HHS Data Planning Work Group should be met, including data on insurance and expenditure, capacity and performance of the personal and public health systems, and health status.
• HHS must maintain a balance in its survey programs so that the full range of needs of data users and customers within HHS and in the broader community will be met.
• In the aggregate, efficiencies from survey consolidation should mean that the cost of collecting these data are less than the cost of obtaining these data through separate, uncoordinated surveys.