Performance Improvement 1999. Program Systems


TITLE: Evaluation of the Minority Male Consortium for Violence Prevention

ABSTRACT: This project evaluated the Office of Minority Health (OMH) Minority Male Consortium for Family and Community Violence Prevention Programs. At the time of this study, 19 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were participating in this program. Features of violence prevention program models at 13 historically black colleges and universities/family life centers' (HBCUs/FLCs) were synthesized to determine approaches that could prevent or minimize violence committed on or by minority males. The contractor: (1) performed an extensive literature review; (2) collected and analyzed relevant program documentation and materials; (3) conducted focus groups; (4) examined target populations; (5) developed a site visit discussion guide; (6) selected 10 HBCUs for site visits; (6) developed and executed an analysis plan; (7) interpreted analyses findings, defined program models and analyzed HBCUs' organizational capacity; (8) held briefings with Consortium leaders, members, and government personnel; (9) reviewed the overall organization, design, and implementation of the programs; and (10) evaluated prevention strategies adopted by the HBCU/FLCs. Violence prevention programs suffer from an inability to produce valid performance data demonstrating that prevention investments pay off in the long run. The report recommends that: (1) without completely centralizing the design process, the Federal government and the Consortium should move towards a consensus-seeking information model in which individual schools are no longer free to pursue independent designs; and (2) constraints should be introduced as to which program models are implemented by which schools. See also PIC ID Nos. 5789 and 5789.1. (Final report 68 pages plus appendices.)

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems


PHONE NUMBER: 202-260-0382

PIC ID: 5789.2

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Macro International, Inc. Calverton, MD

TITLE: Health Performance Measurement in the Public Sector: Principles and Policies for Implementing an Information Network

ABSTRACT: The Panel on Performance Measures and Data for Public Health Performance Partnership Grants was assembled in fall 1995 at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to assess performance measurement for the specific block grant programs included in the original Performance Partnership Grant (PPG) proposal, recommend measures that could be used to monitor the proposed PPG agreements to be negotiated between each State and the Federal government, and recommend steps to improve performance measures and performance measurement for health-related programs. In this report, the panel addresses broader data and information system issues that require attention at the Federal, State and local levels to advance the practice of performance measurement for publicly funded health programs. This report broadens the discussion begun in the first report by looking beyond the Federal-State PPG framework and beyond the specific program areas covered by the PPG proposal. Although the discussion focuses on the public sector perspective, closely related private sector interests and developments in clinical health care are also considered. (See PIC ID 6176)

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems


PHONE NUMBER: 202-690-7100

PIC ID: 6176.1

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: National Academy of Sciences, Committee on National Statistics Washington, D.C.