Performance Improvement 2011-2012. Introduction

01/01/2012

Section 241(a) of the Public Health Service Act authorizes evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of programs funded by the Act. Section 241(b) requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to summarize the findings from these studies in annual reports to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

This report, Performance Improvement 2011-2012, the 17th in this series, summarizes the key findings from studies completed during the two fiscal-year period ending September 30, 2011.

Researchers, analysts, students and members of the general public are encouraged to access the entire set of HHS evaluations covered by this reporting series, including those summarized in this current report. The HHS Evaluation Database located at http://aspe.hhs.gov/Evaluation/Performance contains abstracts for all these studies. Many entries provide direct links to the reports for the studies described in the abstracts.

The online publicly available and searchable database also contains entries for the studies completed after those included in this report as well as over 150 studies that are in process at the present time. All agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services enter this information directly as studies are initiated as well as completed so that the database is kept current, reflecting both ongoing studies and studies for which reports or other final products have been issued.

As new studies are initiated or completed, the information in the Database is being supplemented or updated. The online database provides the most current roster of evaluations and their status. Database SEARCH and REPORT generation features, newly added to the database, including improved full text searching and categorical search capabilities, make the contents of the HHS Evaluation Database more readily accessible and retrievable.

This report consists of the following:

·          Chapter I provides brief background information regarding HHS evaluation work.

 

·          Chapter II presents summaries for each completed study describing:

 

o    Key Study Question (title to the entry);

o    Study Background (first paragraph);

o    Summary of Findings (second paragraph); and

o    Contact and Citation information (staff contact, report title and, where available, the URL linking directly to a report).

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