Performance Improvement 2003. Foreword


Performance Improvement 2003: Evaluation Activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the ninth annual report to Congress summarizing prior fiscal year evaluation efforts. The purpose of this report is to provide Congress with outcome-oriented evaluation findings for the Department’s programs, policies, and strategies. The report contains brief summaries of evaluation results. Additional information can be obtained from the Agency Sponsor, Federal Contact, Performer, the cited web site, or the Policy Information Center (PIC)

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

•        Program effectiveness

•        Performance measurement

•        Environmental assessment

•        Program management

Performance Improvement 2003 includes HHS evaluation projects completed during fiscal year (FY) 2002. The report is organized into two chapters. Chapter I provides evaluations that were selected by an outside review panel as outstanding for their potential use by the larger health and human services community. Chapter II presents summaries of all other evaluations completed by the HHS agencies and the Office of the Secretary during FY 2002.

The appendices contain a description of the HHS evaluation program (Appendix A), acknowledgments of the HHS officials who contributed to the report (Appendix B), and the external evaluation experts who recommended evaluations for highlighting (Appendix C) and the criteria the panel used to review the 26 reports nominated for outstanding evaluations for FY 2002 (Appendix D).

This report is required by section 241(b) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended by the Preventive Health Amendments of 1993. HHS is directed to submit an annual report summarizing the findings of the evaluations under section 241(a) to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives.

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

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