Performance Improvement 1996. Chapter III. Agency Evaluation Activities


10 agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) in the Office of the Secretary each maintain their own evaluation program, including the functions of evaluation planning and policy review, quality assurance through technical review, project coordination and management, dissemination of reports, and utilization of results. This chapter provides an agency-by-agency summary of the evaluation activities during fiscal 1995. Each summary begins with a description of the relevant evaluation program--its philosophy, policies, and procedures. Next is an overview of the major evaluations completed in fiscal 1995 and the major evaluations in progress during that time. Finally, each agency offers a discussion of new directions for its evaluations, including priorities for future program and policy evaluation projects. As stated in the foreword, abstracts and contact persons for all evaluation reports completed in fiscal 1995, organized by agency, are presented in appendix A. Listings, by agency, of all evaluation projects in progress are located in appendix B.