Performance Improvement 1997. Chapter III. HHS Agency Evaluation Activities


The 11 agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) in the Office of the Secretary each maintains its 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. Each summary begins with an overview of the relevant evaluation program, describing its philosophy, policies, and procedures. Next is an overview of the major evaluations completed in fiscal year (FY) 1996 and the evaluations that are currently in progress. Finally, each agency offers a discussion of new directions for its evaluations, including priorities for future program and policy evaluation projects. Abstracts and contact persons for all evaluations completed in FY 1996, organized by agency, are presented in appendix A. Listings by agency of all evaluations in progress are located in appendix B.