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Evaluation

Evaluation and analysis provide essential evidence for HHS to understand how its programs work, for whom, and under what circumstances. HHS builds evidence through evaluation and analysis in order to inform decisions in budget, legislative, regulatory, strategic planning, program, and policy arenas. Given the breadth of work supported by HHS, many evaluations and analyses are conducted each year. These efforts range in scope, scale, design, and methodology, but all aim to understand how the effect of programs and policies and how they can be improved. 

Across HHS, evaluation comes in many forms, including: 

  • Program evaluations using the most rigorous designs appropriate; 
  • Capacity-building initiatives to improve administrative data collection, accessibility, and use for management; 
  • Exploratory and preliminary quantitative and qualitative analysis to build evidence; 
  • Pilots and demonstrations; and 
  • Statistical analysis of factors related to health and human services programs and policies. 

ASPE coordinates the evaluation community by regularly convening the HHS Evaluation & Evidence Policy Council, which builds capacity by sharing best practices and promising new approaches across HHS. 

Reports

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Environmental Scan

Identifying Environmental Data, Barriers, and Opportunities for HSR and PCOR: Environmental Scan

November 30, 2022
The authors conducted a landscape scan to identify environmental data suitable for health services research (HSR) and patient centered outcomes research (PCOR). Additional research was done to uncover examples of and opportunities for data linkage with other HHS data.
Fact Sheet

Addressing the Opioid Overdose Crisis Through Better Data: Opioids Vignette

November 23, 2022
This updated 2022 vignette provides examples of how a range of Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (OS-PCORTF) cross-agency projects are working to address the opioid overdose crisis by 1) Improving Timeliness and Quality of Outcomes Data 2) Building Capacity for Collection of Patient-Reported Outcomes3) Building Linkages to Address Co-Morbidities
Fact Sheet

Enhancing Data Infrastructure to Improve Women’s Health Outcomes: Maternal Health Vignettes

November 16, 2022
This updated 2022 vignette provides examples of how a range of the Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (OS-PCORTF) cross-agency projects are working to improve maternal health by 1) Enhancing Women’s Health Data for Research 2) Adding Electronic Health Records to the Suite of Maternal Health Data for Research 3) Linking Maternal Survey Data with Other Health Data.
Report

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Demonstration Program

November 3, 2022
Per Section 223(d)(7)(A) of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 (Public Law 113-93), the HHS Secretary must submit to Congress an annual report on the use of funds provided under all demonstration programs conducted under this subsection, not later than one year after the date on which the first state is selected for a demonstration program under this subsection, and annually t
Report

Medicare Data Linkages for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research on Economic Outcomes

October 13, 2022
This report and dataset inventory identifies federally funded data linkages that may facilitate patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) on economic outcomes for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries.
Report

Linking Medicaid Claims, Birth Certificates, and Other Sources to Advance Maternal and Infant Health

October 13, 2022
Medicaid pays for nearly half of all births in the United States, including most births by Black and Hispanic pregnant population.
ASPE Issue Brief

Reductions in Deaths and Hospitalizations Associated with COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Medicare Beneficiaries: Full Year 2021 Estimates

October 7, 2022
This study updates ASPE’s previous analysis of the associations between COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths among Medicare beneficiaries and COVID-19 vaccination rates, with full year data through the end of 2021.
Guide

Glossary of Common Data-Related Terms

October 5, 2022
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has several different policy groups such as the HHS Data Council, Data Governance Board, Evidence and Evaluation Policy Council, and the HHS AI Council that frequently use many terms related to data, but likely with inconsistent understanding of their definitions and how these terms should be used.
ASPE Issue Brief

Equitable Evaluation Series: Principles of Equitable Communication

October 5, 2022
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enhances the health and well-being of all Americans by advancing equity, addressing social determinants of health, and supporting underserved communities.
Research Brief

Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Americans: Risks and Financing, 2022

September 27, 2022
This Brief presents information about the risk of needing care and associated costs to provide content for policymakers and others considering long-term care financing proposals. It revises a brief that was written in October 2020.