HHS Research Initiative Regarding Transformations in Health and Human Services: Report of the Working Group. Needs, Opportunities, and Recommendations


The rapid introduction of varied new modalities for financing, organizing, and providing health/human services is affecting virtually every domain within the DHHS mission. Some of the transformations are exposing significant gaps in the information that DHHS officials and others need to make effective decisions. Some of the transformations are unprecedented, thereby seriously limiting the utility of the historical record for guiding policy choices and gauging performance. Some of the transformations are so far-reaching in their implications that social scientists cannot model them accurately on the basis of current knowledge and therefore cannot predict the outcomes with confidence. And the transformations in the aggregate are creating significant new demands for more and better data, performance measures, program evaluations, and research.