The Tribal Self-Governance Evaluation Feasibility Study is intended to provide information to DHHS and to Tribes on several questions:
- What evaluation issues and research questions are important to address in an evaluation?
- What measures - both qualitative and quantitative - are appropriate to use to address each of the selected evaluation issues and research questions?
- Are there data available, within DHHS and from selected Tribes, that would permit an evaluation to be conducted, using a rigorous methodology that would be likely to produce reliable results?
- What are the evaluation cost implications of alternative feasible strategies (including sample size cost implications)?
The product of this Evaluation Feasibility Study is expected to be a Final Report that includes: 1) a set of evaluation issues and research questions that would be feasible to address in an evaluation, based on assessment of current data availability; 2) additional data collection that would be required to address other evaluation issues and research questions that cannot be examined because data are not currently available; 3) evaluation issues and research questions that cannot be addressed at all, due to lack of data availability and the difficulties or impossibility of collecting appropriate additional data; 4) limitations and considerations that may affect the feasibility of conducting an evaluation of Tribal self-governance; and 5) estimates of relative costs of alternative evaluation options.
It is important to note that this project will not produce a comprehensive evaluation design and methodology. Any evaluation that is considered will be developed through a consultation process between DHHS and the Tribes, at some point after the completion of this Evaluation Feasibility Study. Results of this Study are intended only to provide information on feasible options for an evaluation and considerations that can be used by DHHS and the Tribes as part of their consultation about the type of evaluation that could be conducted and the range of issues that could be addressed.