Performance Improvement 1999. Program Systems

02/01/1999

TITLE: Community Programs: Performance Measurement and Program Innovation Series

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this project is to conduct two performance measurement and program innovation seminars to: (1) improve the understanding of performance measurement among DHHS and State and local staff members; (2) stay abreast of current performance developments at the State and local levels; and (3) increase knowledge of potentially promising State and local innovations. The seminars will also allow the DHHS staff to interact with State and local officials on a variety of performance measurement and program innovation questions. Two themes for the seminars are Local Innovative Programs and Performance Measurement for Community Programs. (See PIC ID 7209)

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems

FEDERAL CONTACT: Margaret Price

PHONE NUMBER: 202-260-0382

PIC ID: 7209.1

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Howard University, School of Social Work, Washington D.C.

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 5/20/99
 

TITLE: Research Consultation on Review of HHS Services Research, Demonstrations, and Evaluations Targeted to Hispanic/Latino Americans

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this project is to obtain consultation for a review of the various health services and social services research programs, demonstration grant programs, policy studies and evaluation projects targeted toward Hispanic/Latino Americans. Consultants with research expertise in Hispanic/Latino health and human service needs and delivery system issues will conduct a review to determine gaps in knowledge and make recommendations for future research priorities.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems

FEDERAL CONTACT: Paul Johnson, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-8277

PIC ID: 6698

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Interuniversity Program for Latino Research, Austin TX

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 5/31/99
 

TITLE: State Telephone Survey Estimates for Evaluation and Monitoring

ABSTRACT: This project, funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and carried out by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), develops and evaluates an integrated survey mechanism to collect broad State-based health and human services data. It also evaluates the quality and utility of State-level estimates developed from telephone surveys alone and in conjunction with, estimates obtained from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). A variety of health and human services data estimates for a selected number of States will be obtained through a telephone interview survey based on the NHIS questionnaire and selected supplemental data.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems

FEDERAL CONTACT: James Scanlon

PHONE NUMBER: 202-690-7100

PIC ID: 6420

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville MD

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99
 

TITLE: Estimating an Analytical Framework for Assessing Insurer Response to the Health Care Market

ABSTRACT: This project will result in a conceptual paper that establishes a framework for analyzing insurer behavior, responses to insurance market reforms and the likely effect of insurer behavior on the availability and cost of insurance. The objectives are to: (1) identify potential data sources and data needs to facilitate empirical work based on identified important characteristics; and (2) provide the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff with a better understanding of the operation of insurance markets, including how insurers make business decisions based on the demand for insurance from employers and individuals. The paper will survey existing literature on insurer behavior and decision making, develop an analytical framework which can be applied to a variety of questions, and discuss potential data sources that could be used in conjunction with the analytical framework to assess insurer response to change. The focus of the paper will be on insurer product line decisions.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems

FEDERAL CONTACT: Dale Hitchcock

PHONE NUMBER: 202-690-5882

PIC ID: 6429

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Urban Institute Washington, D.C.

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99
 

TITLE: State and Regional Programs: Performance Measurement and Program Innovation Series

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this project is to plan and conduct, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), four performance measurement and program innovation seminars, which will help the department to: (1) improve understanding of performance measurement among the DHHS and State and local staff members; (2) stay abreast of current performance developments at the State and local levels; and (3) increase knowledge of potentially promising State and local innovations. The seminars will also allow the DHHS staff to interact with State and local officials on a variety of performance measurement and program innovation questions. Themes for the seminars are as follows: (1) Welfare Reform and the Homeless; (2) Regionalism; (3) Performance Measurement and Evaluation; and (4) State Innovative Programs. (See PIC ID 7209.1)

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems

FEDERAL CONTACT: Margaret Price

PHONE NUMBER: 202-260-0382

PIC ID: 7209

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: South Carolina State University, Orangeburg SC

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99
 

TITLE: Mississippi Community Works HELP DESK - (MS-CWHD)

ABSTRACT: The DELTA project will establish an interactive, multi-sectoral Help Desk in Jackson, Mississippi, to assist and support the EZ/EC/Champion Communities in furthering their strategic plans. The Help Desk will provide access to, and technical assistance with, tested strategies and model programs, best practices and lessons learned related to a variety of economic and social development issues. It will also provide information about, and access to, external resources, both funding and programmatic, to serve as partners in the implementation of development initiatives planned by these communities. An evaluation will be conducted during the course of the Help Desk project to include site visits, client surveys and telephone interviews, in order to determine impact and track progress on established outcomes for these communities. An interim evaluation report is due to be completed in October 1999.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems

FEDERAL CONTACT: James K. Gatz

PHONE NUMBER: 202-260-0397

PIC ID: 7213

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Delta/Tides Center, Bethesda, MD

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99