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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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Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program: Impacts on Health Care Utilization, Cost, and Quality

March 28, 2019
This report describes an extension of the RAND Corporation's evaluation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants program.

Final Outcome Evaluation of the Balancing Incentive Program

February 11, 2019
This is the final report of the Balancing Incentive Program evaluation. Five earlier progress reports on the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) have already been published. The BIP, legislated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, offered states temporary enhanced federal financial participation for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS).

Aligning Federal Performance Indicators Across Programs Promoting Self-Sufficiency: Local Perspectives

February 5, 2019
Individuals and families frequently qualify for multiple human services and employment programs that are funded, regulated, and administered by different federal agencies—each with their own eligibility criteria, program requirements, and performance indicators.

An Overview of Long-Term Services and Supports and Medicaid: Final Report

August 7, 2018
Nga T. Thach, BS, and Joshua M. Wiener, PhD RTI International May 2018 Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (34 PDF pages)

2017 Annual Report of HHS Projects to Build Data Capacity for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

July 23, 2018
The OS PCORTF Annual Report provides project descriptions for each of the OS-PCORTF portfolio’s 21 projects that were active in calendar year 2017.

Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic and the Child Welfare Caseloads: Methodological Details from a Mixed Methods Study

June 10, 2018
This brief describes the research methods used to produce the findings in Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic, and Child Welfare Caseloads: A Mixed Methods Study. It is a part of a series of briefs that discuss different aspects and issues surrounding the relationship between substance use disorders and the child welfare system.

Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare: Considerations in Contracting Vendors for Predictive Analytics

May 28, 2018
An increasing number of child welfare agencies are considering using predictive analytics in their work. Typically they do so by contracting with a vendor to develop and maintain a predictive analytics model that is used by the agency to predict risk of a specified outcome.

Development and Testing of Behavioral Health Quality Measures for Health Plans: Final Report

April 8, 2018
Jonathan Brown, Sarah Hudson Scholle, Sarah Croake, Miriam Rosenau, Junquing Liu, Nathan Darter, Kelsey Farson Gray, Menolly Hart, Bonnie Harvey, Rita Lewis, Dean Miller, Suzanne Morton, Milesh Patel, and Christine Ranshous Mathematica Policy Research

Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic and the Child Welfare System: Key Findings from a Mixed Methods Study

March 6, 2018
This study examined the relationship between parental substance misuse and child welfare caseloads, which began rising in 2012 after more than a decade of decline.

Estimating Medical Costs for Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis: Conceptual Framework and Best Practices

December 12, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is required to assess the benefits and costs of its major regulations prior to promulgation. To support these assessments, in 2016 HHS issued its Guidelines for Regulatory Impact Analyses, developed under the leadership of its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and its Department-wide Analytics Team.