Performance Improvement 2007. Appendix C Studies by Agency

01/01/2007

AGENCY

ID

TITLE

G/O

OBJECTIVE

PROJECT OFFICER

ACF

8282

How Can States Implement Healthy-Marriage Programs for Unmarried Couples with Children?

6.1

Increase the proportion of low-income individuals and families, including those receiving welfare, who improve their economic condition

Campbell, Nancye

ACF

8274

What Approaches Best Help Welfare Clients Living in Rural Places Move from Welfare to Work?

6.4

Improve the economic and social development of distressed communities

Dubinsky, Michael

ACF

8281

How Can States Encourage Welfare Applicants, Recipients, and those Leaving Welfare, to Seek, Retain and Advance in Employment?

6.1

Increase the proportion of low-income individuals and families, including those receiving welfare, who improve their economic condition

Richards, Patrice

ACF

8279

How Can Former Welfare Recipients Be Successfully Encouraged to Obtain and Retain Employment, and Advance to Better Paying Jobs?

6.1

Increase the proportion of low-income individuals and families, including those receiving welfare, who improve their economic condition

Richards, Patrice

ACF

8276

What Lessons Can be Learned By Combining Evaluation Data From Several Welfare-to-Work Programs?

6.1

Increase the proportion of low-income individuals and families, including those receiving welfare, who improve their economic condition

Sternbach, Leonard

ACF

8275

What Lessons Can Be Learned from Evaluating a Community College Approach Designed to Improve Employment Prospects of Welfare Recipients Already in the Workforce?

6.1

Increase the proportion of low-income individuals and families, including those receiving welfare, who improve their economic condition

Sternbach, Leonard

ACF

6331.3

What Are the Characteristics of the Children and Families Being Served by the Head Start Program?

7.2

Improve the development and learning readiness of preschool children

Woolverton, Maria

ASPE

8292

What Might Happen if States Allow Current and Former Welfare Recipients to Keep More of Their Child Support Money?

6.1

Increase the proportion of low-income individuals and families, including those receiving welfare, who improve their economic condition

Burnszynski, Jennifer

ASPE

8477

What Do We Know About Medicare Advantage Plans?

5.2

Increase the appropriate use of effective health care services by medical providers

Cox, Donald

ASPE

8289

What Can We Learn from Employer-Provided Health Insurance Data?

5.5

Accelerate the development and use of an electronic health information infrastructure

Hauan, Susan

ASPE

8288

To What Extent Were Americans Dependent on Social Welfare Programs?

6.4

Improve the economic and social development of distressed communities

Hauan, Susan

ASPE

8481

What Were the Short-term Impacts of Providing a Life Skills Education Component to Middle and High School Youth?

1.2

Reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies

Kelsey, Meredith

ASPE

8478

Is Substance Abuse a Barrier to Employment and How Effective Are Substance Abuse Treatment Interventions for Welfare Recipients?

6.1

Increase the proportion of low-income individuals and families, including those receiving welfare, who improve their economic condition

Radel, Laura

ASPE-ODALTCP

8319

What are the Barriers to Implementing Innovative Technology in Residential Long-Term Care Settings?

3.5

Expand access to health care services for targeted populations with special health care needs

Aykan, Hakan

ASPE-ODALTCP

8348

What is the Current Supply of Professional Social Workers in Long-Term Care Settings and What is the Expected Future Supply?

3.2

Strengthen and expand the health care safety net

Bergofsky, Linda

ASPE-ODALTCP

8344

What Role Does the Physician Discipline Function of State Medical Boards Play in Assessing Medical Quality?

5.4

Improve consumer and patient protections

Bergofsky, Linda

ASPE-ODALTCP

8332

How Did Texas Modify its Medicaid Program In Order to Have "Money Follow the Person" When Nursing Home Residents Chose to Live in The Community?

6.3

Increase the independence and quality of life of persons with disabilities, including those with long-term care needs

Bergofsky, Linda

ASPE-ODALTCP

8349

Who Has an Intellectual or Developmental Disability, Who Provides Their Care, and How Will That Change in the Future?

3.5

Expand access to health care services for targeted populations with special health care needs

Drabek, John

ASPE-ODALTCP

8347

Who Lives in Residential Care Facilities and How Disabled are They?

3.5

Expand access to health care services for targeted populations with special health care needs

Drabek, John

ASPE-ODALTCP

8338

How Can Barriers to Interoperable Health Information Technology in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care be Reduced; Can Patient Data be Made to Comply with Health Information Technology Standards?

5.5

Accelerate the development and use of an electronic health information infrastructure

Harvell, Jennie

ASPE-ODALTCP

8342

How Do States Pay for Services for Children and Youth With Serious Emotional Disorders and Why Do They Choose These Methods?

6.5

Expand community and faith-based partnerships

Kennedy, Cille

ASPE-ODALTCP

8345

What Role Do Negotiated Risk Agreements Play in Assisted Living?

3.5

Expand access to health care services for targeted populations with special health care needs

Kennedy, Gavin

ASPE-ODALTCP

8343

What is the Role for Adult Day Services in the Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems?

6.2

Increase the proportion of older Americans who stay active and healthy

Rosenoff, Emily

ASPE-ODALTCP

8330

How Can the United States Make Sure That It Has a Qualified Workforce To Provide Services to Those Needing Long-Term Care?

3.2

Strengthen and expand the health care safety net

Rosenoff, Emily

ASPE-ODALTCP

8317

Why Do Individuals Choose and Remain in Nursing Assistant Careers and Work in Nursing Homes?

2.1

Build the capacity of the health care system to respond to public health threats, especially bioterrorism threats, in a more timely and effective manner

Squillace, Marie

ASPE-OHP

8294

How Should Graduate Medical Education in the United States Best Be Financed?

2.1

Build the capacity of the health care system to respond to public health threats, especially bioterrorism threats, in a more timely and effective manner

Nonnemaker, Lynn

ASPE-OHSP

8286

What Barriers to Accessing Discretionary Grants Do Native American Tribes and Organizations Face?

6.4

Improve the economic and social development of distressed communities

Landey, Alana

ASPE-OHSP

8361

What Efforts do Child Welfare Agencies Engage in to Identify, Locate and Involve Nonresident Fathers?

7.4

Increase the percentage of children and youth living in a permanent, safe environment

Radel, Laura

ASPE-OPPS

8343.1

How Do States Regulate Adult Day Care and Adult Health Care Services?

6.2

Increase the proportion of older Americans who stay active and healthy

Rosenoff, Emily

ASPE-OPPS

8483

How Can Managers and Evaluators Better Understand, Design, and Perform Cost Effectiveness Evaluations of Community Public Health Prevention Programs?

1.1

Reduce behavioral and other factors that contribute to the development of chronic diseases

Tilson, Wilma

ASPE-OSDP

8475

What Features and Capabilities of Electronic Medical Records Best Serve Doctors in Small Practices?

5.5

Accelerate the development and use of an electronic health information infrastructure

Burke-Bebee, Suzie

ASPE-OSDP

8474

What are Private Sector "Best Practice" Approaches to Control Costs of Prescription Drug Benefit Programs?

5.2

Increase the appropriate use of effective health care services by medical providers

Bush, Laina

ASPE-OSDP

8476

How Is Influenza Vaccine Produced and Disseminated in the United States?

2.1

Build the capacity of the health care system to respond to public health threats, especially bioterrorism threats, in a more timely and effective manner

Nevel, Amy

CDC-OD-OSI

8298

What Is the Cost-Effectiveness of Routine Childhood Vaccination for Hepatitis A in the United States?

1.3

Increase immunization rates among adults and children

Slaton, Terrie

CDC-OD-OSI

8297.3

What Messages Are Most Effective In Encouraging HIV-Positive Persons and Others To Act In Ways That Will Prevent Further HIV Transmission?

1.1

Reduce behavioral and other factors that contribute to the development of chronic diseases

Slaton, Terrie

CDC-OD-OSI

8296

Who Wants to Know What About Sexually Transmitted Disease?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Slaton, Terrie

CDC-OD-OSI

8295

Who Is Aware of, Uses, and How Good Is the Information in a Community Preventive Services Guide?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Slaton, Terrie

CDC-OD-OSI

7985.1

How Successful Has the U.S.-Mexico Tuberculosis Referral and Case Management Project Been and What Changes Are Needed?

3.5

Expand access to health care services for targeted populations with special health care needs

Slaton, Terrie

CDC-OD-OSI

7973.1

How Can the Effectiveness of Efforts to Detect Breast and Cervical Cancer Early be Measured and Improved?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Slaton, Terrie

CMS

7667

How Do Integrated Care Programs for the Frail Elderly Use Community-Based Primary Care Physicians?

5.2

Increase the appropriate use of effective health care services by medical providers

Thomas, Fred G.

FDA

8313

Can FDA Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of New Drug Application and Biologics Licensing Application First Cycle Reviews?

4.2

Accelerate private sector development of new drugs, biologic therapies, and medical technology

Bobolis, Mary A.

FDA

8312

Did the "Continuous Marketing Application" Pilots Increase the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the New Drug Review Process?

4.2

Accelerate private sector development of new drugs, biologic therapies, and medical technology

Bobolis, Mary A.

FDA

8311

What Information Do Health Professionals Need in Order to Talk Clearly with Their Patients About the Risks of Heart Defibrillators?

5.4

Improve consumer and patient protections

Bobolis, Mary A.

NIH

8364

How Can the Online "My Family Health Portrait" Tool Be Improved?

6.2

Increase the proportion of older Americans who stay active and healthy

Bartlett, Maggie

NIH

8455

How Can Educational Efforts to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Be Strengthened?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Blessing, Patricia

NIH

8351

How Easy Is It For Health Researchers, College Students, and the General Public to Use the Proposed Stem Cell Information Web Site?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Blessing, Patricia

NIH

8355

Did Small Grants for Behavioral Cancer Control Research Increase the Number of Scientists Working In this Field?

2.1

Build the capacity of the health care system to respond to public health threats, especially bioterrorism threats, in a more timely and effective manner

Chollette, Veronica

NIH

8397

Can a Curriculum to Train Older Adults to Access Health information on the Web be both Senior Friendly and Trainer Friendly?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Dailey, Stephanie

NIH

8384

What Evaluation Design Would Best Measure the Success of Different Ways to Recruit Patients to Participate in National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials?

4.1

Advance the understanding of basic biomedical and behavioral science and how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and disability

Dominguez, Dinora

NIH

8460

What is the Diabetes-based Science Education Program for Tribal Schools Curriculum Project?

1.1

Reduce behavioral and other factors that contribute to the development of chronic diseases

Garfield, Sanford

NIH

8462

Is it Feasible to Evaluate the Centers for AIDS Research Program?

4.1

Advance the understanding of basic biomedical and behavioral science and how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and disability

Halula, Madelon

NIH

8431

How Is Money From the National Institute on Aging Being Used By the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Hamilton, Elizabeth

NIH

8464

What Should the National Institutes of Health Do to Prevent Potential Threats to its Research Mission?

8.2

Improve the strategic management of human capital

Hardy, Karen

NIH

8393

Can Accessing MEDLINE Via Handheld Computers be Useful in Answering Clinical Questions for Physicians?

5.5

Accelerate the development and use of an electronic health information infrastructure

Hauser, Susan

NIH

8463

How Can A Web Site Be Made Easier for the Public to Use?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Kester, Mary Beth

NIH

8454

How Should The National Library of Medicine Evaluate Its Exhibit Program?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Love, Cindy

NIH

8457

How Could the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Bioengineering Research Partnerships Program Be Evaluated?

4.1

Advance the understanding of basic biomedical and behavioral science and how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and disability

Lundberg, Martha

NIH

8430

How do Health Care Professionals Look for Medical Information on Medical Web Sites?

5.2

Increase the appropriate use of effective health care services by medical providers

Ma, Wei

NIH

8390

How Has the Graduate Partnerships Program Enhanced Student Education and Participation in Research?

4.3

Strengthen and diversify the pool of qualified health and behavioral science researchers

McGee, Richard

NIH

8456

How Should a Process Evaluation -- of the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence Program -- be Designed and Conducted?

4.3

Strengthen and diversify the pool of qualified health and behavioral science researchers

Newman, Patricia

NIH

8358

Did an Education Booklet for Survivors Increase Their Knowledge and Coping Skills Following Cancer Treatment?

1.1

Reduce behavioral and other factors that contribute to the development of chronic diseases

Solomon, Felicia

NIH

8398

How Can Information on Clinical Trials Most Effectively Be Provided to Spanish-Speaking Users?

5.3

Increase consumer and patient use of health care quality information

Tse, Tony

OPHS-ODPHP

8467

What Role Should the Federal Government Play In Developing Electronic Personal Health Records?

5.5

Accelerate the development and use of an electronic health information infrastructure

Harris, Linda

OPHS-OMH

7711

Do the Benefits that Result from Using Languages Familiar to Patients Outweigh Costs Health Care Providers Face By So Doing?

3.4

Eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities

Hawks, Betty

OPHS-OMH

7865

What Can Hospitals Do To Assure There Policies and Practices are Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate?

3.4

Eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities

Pacheco, Guadalupe

OPHS-OPA

8285

What Evaluations of the Family Planning Program Have Been Conducted and What Did They Find?

1.1

Reduce behavioral and other factors that contribute to the development of chronic diseases

Panda, Pankaja

OPHS-OPA

8278

Which Interventions Best Improve Communication, Contraceptive Use, and HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Among Couples?

1.1

Reduce behavioral and other factors that contribute to the development of chronic diseases

Panda, Pankaja

OPHS-OPA

8277

How Can Public Health Clinics Better Prevent Violence in Families and Between Intimate Partners?

1.1

Reduce behavioral and other factors that contribute to the development of chronic diseases

Panda, Pankaja

SAMHSA

8307

How Many Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits Were There in the United States During 2004?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Ball, Judy

SAMHSA

8302

What is the Extent of Non-Medical Use of Prescriptions Drugs in the United States?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Colliver, James

SAMHSA

8305

What Was the Prevalence of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems in the United States During 2005?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Hughes, Art

SAMHSA

8309

What Were the Characteristics of Individuals Admitted to Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in 2004?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Trunzo, Deborah

SAMHSA

8308

What Were the Characteristics of Discharges from Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities During 2003?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Trunzo, Deborah

SAMHSA

8304

What Were the Trends in Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in the United States from 1994 to 2004?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Trunzo, Deborah

SAMHSA

8303

What Were the Characteristics of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in the United States in 2005?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Trunzo, Deborah

SAMHSA

8301

What Were the Characteristics of Individuals Discharged from Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities During 2004?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Trunzo, Deborah

SAMHSA

8310

What are the Prevalence Rates of Substance Use, Abuse and Dependence, and Mental Health Problems by State?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Wright, Douglas

SAMHSA

8306

What are the Local Area Prevalence Rates of Substance Use, Abuse and Dependence and Mental Health Problems in the United States?

1.4

Reduce substance abuse

Wright, Douglas

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This report was prepared by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Planning and Policy Support.  Andy Rock was the project director responsible for managing the design, organization, writing, and final report preparation; for questions regarding the structuring, preparation, of the report, he may be reached at 202-401-8179 or andy.rock@hhs.gov, regarding this report (for technical questions regarding specific studies, contact the Federal Contact listed for each).

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Successful completion of this document, and the substantial body of work it represents, was possible due to the active creative work and contributions of hundreds of individuals including management and staff of the numerous offices and contractors who performed the studies, program evaluators, analysts and support staff of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Invaluable assistance, advice and support as well as submission of numerous entries comprising the substantive core of this report was provided by the project officers, evaluation supervisors, and primary agency contacts including:  Karl Koerper, Michael Dubinsky, Patrice Richards, Leonard Sternbach, and Maria Woolverton for the Administration for Children and Families;  Cassandra Cisse, Ruth Katz, Canta Pian, Jennifer Burnszynski, Susan Hauan, Hakan Aykan, Linda Bergofsky, Pamela Doty, John Drabek, Jennie Harvell, Cille Kennedy, Gavin Kennedy, Emily Rosenoff, Marie Squillace, Lynn Nonnemaker, Alana Landey, and Laura Radel of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation;  staff of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology; Terrie Slaton for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;  Mary Bobolis for the Food and Drug Administration; Emily DeCoster and Lyman VanNostrand for the Health Resources and Services Administration; Alejandra Herr, Deshiree Belis, Lilia Marques, Maggie Bartlett, Patricia Blessing, Veronica Chollette, Stephanie Dailey, Dinora Dominguez, Ezekiel Emanuel, Sanford Garfield, Amy Garson, Colleen Guay-Broder, Madelon Halula, Karen Hardy, Susan Hauser, Elizabeth Hamilton, Cindy Love, Martha Lundberg, Wei Ma, Richard McGee, Patricia Newman, Georgeanne Patmios,  Stephen Seidel, Felicia Solomon, and Tony Tse for the National Institutes of Health; Lorraine Fishback, Valerie Welsh, Linda Harris, Pankaja Panda for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health; staff of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; and Nancy Brady, Dana Roberts, Judy Ball, James Colliver, Art Hughes, Deborah Trunzo, and Douglas Wright for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


[1] FDA programs are principally authorized by the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and appropriations are provided by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies.  IHS programs are principally authorized by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and the Indian Self-Determination Act Appropriations are provided by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies.

[2] The Older Americans Act (OAA) specifies that $1.5 million from Title III and $1.5 million from Title IV are to be available from its annual appropriations to be used for the evaluation of OAA programs.  Since 2000, the Administration on Aging (AoA) has used those funds for the Performance Outcome Measures Project and its annual national performance measurement surveys.  AoA initiated new evaluation studies of Title III-D Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Title III-B Supportive Services in FY 2004 and intends to continue evaluating all OAA titles on a rotating basis in the future.

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