HHS Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 (Strategic Plan). Quality Assurance and Improvement

11/22/2015

Most evaluation projects are developed at the program or office level. A committee of division- or office-level policy and planning staff members generally conducts the initial quality review. Before a project is approved, a second committee reviews it for technical quality with expertise in evaluation methodology. Technical review committees follow a set of criteria for quality evaluation practice established by each division. ASPE, for example, has a formalized peer review process in which experienced evaluators on staff review, discuss, and approve all proposed research projects before they are submitted for funding. Some HHS divisions have external evaluation review committees composed of evaluation experts from universities and research centers.

HHS uses a variety of program evaluation techniques to review the effectiveness of programs and to ensure that programs are on target so that HHS can meet its strategic goals. Comprehensive, independent evaluations are an important component of the HHS strategy to improve overall program effectiveness and to ensure that the goals identified in the Strategic Plan accurately represent HHS’s progress in achieving its goals. These evaluations are an important component in evaluating whether or not programs are effective, well designed, and well managed

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