Community and Neighborhood-Level Performance Indicators for Human Services

This project will develop information about the use of community-level performance indicator systems and facilitate information sharing among the many organizations currently influencing how those systems address human services and health issues. A source book will be compiled on community level program performance indicators for key human services and health topics, including a listing of organizations that are formulating model indicator systems and a description and analysis of a sample of each organization's proposed indicators. The project will also support a one-day invitational workshop in Washington, D.C. for DHHS personnel, representatives of organizations currently involved in creating community-level indicators or indicator systems, and representatives of local government agencies. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss development and use of community-level performance indicators and explore the potential for consolidating existing indicator systems in areas where they duplicate or overlap each other.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems

FEDERAL CONTACT: O'Connell, Mary Ellen
202-260-0391

PIC ID: 7359

PERFORMER: Research Triangle Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

Evaluation Synthesis to Support the Food Safety Strategic Plan

This project will support evaluation syntheses for the President's Council on Food Safety and the Development of the Food Safety Strategic Plan for FY 2000. The President's Council is comprised of representatives from HHS, USDA, EPA, and the White House. Evaluation syntheses will bring together existing studies, assesses them, and use them as a database for answering questions about the effectiveness or efficacy of programmatic strategies to achieve food safety objectives. Results from the syntheses will be used to help refine statements of strategic objectives in the plan, identify existing programs and new resources required to achieve the objectives, and cite evidence in the plan of the likely success of strategies to achieve the objectives. The evaluation syntheses will focus on HHS program activities in four food safety goal areas: risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication, and organizational strategies.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Systems

FEDERAL CONTACT: Johnson, Paul
202-401-8277

PIC ID: 7360

PERFORMER: Research Triangle Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

Mississippi Community Works HELP DESK - (MS-CWHD)

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: Gatz, James K.
202-260-0397

PIC ID: 7213

PERFORMER: C.J. Quinn and Associates

Annapolis, MD

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

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

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: Johnson, Paul
202-401-8277

PIC ID: 6698

PERFORMER: Interuniversity Program for Latino Research
Austin TX

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

State Telephone Survey Estimates for Evaluation and Monitoring

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: Scanlon, James
202-690-7100

PIC ID: 6420

PERFORMER: National Center for Health Statistics
Hyattsville MD

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 07/31/2000