Performance Improvement 2001. Foreword


Performance Improvement 2001: Evaluation Activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the seventh annual report to Congress summarizing previous fiscal year evaluation efforts. The purpose of this report is to provide Congress with evaluative information on the Department’s programs, policies, and strategies. It contains brief summaries of evaluation results and provides a federal agency contact name for obtaining more detailed project information.

Evaluations summarized in this report contribute to performance improvement in one or more of the following ways:

  • Program effectiveness studies provide a way to determine the impact of HHS programs on achieving intended goals and objectives.
  • Performance measurement is the primary mechanism used to monitor annual progress in achieving departmental strategic and performance goals.
  • Environmental assessment is the way we understand the forces of change in the health and human services environment that will influence the success of our programs and the achievement of our goals and objectives.
  • Program management reflects the need of program managers to obtain information or data helpful for effectively designing and managing a program.

Performance Improvement 2001 includes HHS evaluation projects completed and in progress during fiscal year (FY) 2000. The report is organized into three chapters. Chapter I provides the “Results in Brief” of selected program effectiveness evaluations, organized by general HHS program areas. Chapter II highlights the results from eight FY 2000 evaluations, selected by an outside review panel as outstanding for their potential use by the larger health and human services community. Chapter III presents summaries of all FY 2000 evaluations completed and in progress by the 11 HHS agencies and the Office of the Secretary. The appendices contain a description of the HHS evaluation program (A), acknowledgments of the HHS officials who contributed to the report (B), and the HHS Evaluation Review Panel (C), a group of external evaluation expects who recommended evaluations for highlighting in Chapter II and the criteria they used to review the nominated reports.

We hope that you will find this report useful and informative.

Tommy G. Thompson
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services