An essential feature of Tribal Self-Governance is the tribal management of health or social service programs. The Tribal Self-Governance Evaluation Feasibility Study, being conducted by Westat, Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs, and Kauffman and Associates, Inc., will provide the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) with in-depth background information and detailed review of issues and data systems that may affect the extent to which a rigorous and defensible evaluation of Tribally managed health and social services programs of the Indian Health Service and other non-IHS programs can be conducted. While a number of assessments of Tribally managed services programs have been conducted, these have been primarily qualitative in nature. ASPE is interested in determining the feasibility of conducting an evaluation that examines both processes associated with successful Tribal management of health and social services programs and impacts of Tribal management on outcomes, such as: access to care, services, quality, costs, financial performance and resources, customer satisfaction, and program stability.
A critical element of the success of this project is openness with respect to activities conducted and the process through which the project is developed and implemented. Communications throughout the project will be designed and directed to three distinct groups:
- Tribal leaders and members of national AI/AN organizations with an interest in Tribal self-governance and its future, including those who have advised DHHS on an ongoing basis on the development and planning for new DHHS programs that are being considered for self-governance.
- The Technical Working Group that will advise the project team and review and comment on design plans and on interim and draft reports.
- The Government Task Order Managers (TOMs) and other interested and involved federal agency staff.
This Draft Communications Strategy Report presents the project team’s plans for communications throughout the project with each of these groups. It was developed with input obtained during the initial project meeting and subsequent discussions with the project TOM.