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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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Department of Health & Human Services FY 2022 Evaluation Plan

May 12, 2021
As part of the Evidence Act, HHS is required to submit “an evaluation plan describing activities the agency plans to conduct pursuant to [its evidence-building plan].” Nine operating divisions within HHS and one staff division developed evaluation plans and included information on priority questions being examined by the agencies as well as data, methods, and challenges to addressing those ques

Department of Health & Human Services Evaluation Policy

May 12, 2021
This is an evaluation policy for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), required by the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act). ASPE convened a group of agency representatives from across HHS operating and staff divisions to develop the policy.
Case Study

Case Study of Father Engagement in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs: ForeverDads

March 17, 2021
This case study focuses on how a fatherhood program in rural Ohio—ForeverDads—reaches a subpopulation of fathers through partnerships with area substance use disorder treatment programs. Key lessons and considerations include how human services programs can promote father engagement by:

Projections of Risk of Needing Long-Term Services and Supports at Ages 65 and Older

January 31, 2021
Projections of Risk of Needing Long-Term Services and Supports at Ages 65 and Older Melissa M. Favreault and Richard W.
ASPE Issue Brief

Most Older Adults Are Likely to Need and Use Long-Term Services and Supports Issue Brief

January 31, 2021
Most Older Adults Are Likely to Need and Use Long-Term Services and Supports ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Richard W. Johnson and Melissa M. Favreault Urban Institute Judith Dey, William Marton, and Lauren Anderson
Research Brief

Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Americans: Risks and Financing, 2020 Research Brief

January 31, 2021
Long-Term Care Services and Supports for Older Americans: Risks and Financing, 2020 ASPE RESEARCH BRIEF Melissa Favreault Urban Institute Judith Dey
ASPE Issue Brief

Extended LTSS Utilization Makes Older Adults More Reliant on Medicaid Issue Brief

January 31, 2021
Extended LTSS Utilization Makes Older Adults More Reliant on Medicaid Issue Brief ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Richard W. Johnson and Melissa M. Favreault Urban Institute Judith Dey, William Marton, and Lauren Anderson

Economic Hardship and Medicaid Enrollment in Later Life: Assessing the Impact of Disability, Health, and Marital Status Shocks

January 31, 2021
Richard W. Johnson and Melissa M. Favreault Urban Institute January 2021 Link to Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (50 PDF pages)
ASPE Issue Brief

Risk of Economic Hardship Among Older Adults Issue Brief

January 31, 2021
Risk of Economic Hardship Among Older Adults ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Richard W. Johnson and Melissa M. Favreault Urban Institute Judith Dey, William Marton, and Lauren Anderson
ASPE Issue Brief

Trends in Hospital Readmission and Emergency Department Visit among Infants Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Issue Brief

January 18, 2021
Trends in Hospital Readmission and Emergency Department Visit among Infants Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Mir M. Ali, Emma Nye, and Kristina West U.S. Department of Health and Human Services