Under the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act), the Capacity Assessment requires agencies to assess the coverage, quality, methods, effectiveness, and independence of their statistics, evaluation, research, and analysis efforts. HHS has drawn upon existing federal policies and guidance identified in Circular A-11 as well as agency policies and guidance from relevant external entities in developing the HHS Capacity Assessment. The capacity assessment identified existing policies, standards, and practices that require and support the quality, methods, effectiveness, and independence of agency evaluations, statistics, research, and analysis. It provides a list of existing activities (e.g., programs, initiatives, etc.) and operations (e.g., administrative and support tasks) that are being evaluated or analyzed and provides an assessment of the Department’s ability and infrastructure to carry out evidence-building activities such as foundational fact finding, performance measurement, policy analysis, and program evaluation.
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