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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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Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare: An Introduction for Administrators and Policy Makers

November 2, 2017
This document introduces child welfare administrators and policy makers to the benefits and challenges faced in using predictive analytics to improve child welfare practice.

Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare: An Assessment of Current Efforts, Challenges and Opportunities

November 2, 2017
Child welfare agencies are interested in leveraging new and emerging techniques to help them harness data and technology to make dramatic improvements to child welfare practice and ultimately produce better outcomes for children and families.

Support and Services at Home (SASH) Evaluation: Evaluation of the First Four Years

February 28, 2017
This evaluation report describes the implementation and impacts of a program intended to improve health status and slow the growth of health care expenditures among older adults living in affordable housing properties. The Support and Services at Home (SASH) program connects participants with community-based services and promotes coordination of health care.

Support and Services at Home (SASH) Evaluation: Highlights from the First Four Years Research Summary

February 28, 2017
This Research Summary describes the primary features of the SASH program and summarizes the main findings of the evaluation to date.  [7 PDF pages]

Guidelines For Regulatory Impact Analysis: A Primer

January 12, 2017
Regulatory impact analyses (RIAs) apply a well-established and widely-used framework for collecting, organizing, and evaluating data on the anticipated consequences of alternative policies.

Guidelines For Regulatory Impact Analysis

January 12, 2017
Regulatory impact analyses (RIAs) apply a well-established and widely-used framework for collecting, organizing, and evaluating data on the anticipated consequences of alternative policies.

Status of State Efforts to Integrate Health and Human Services Systems and Data: 2016

January 4, 2017
This research brief presents findings from a survey administered to state health and human services officials asking about their efforts to strengthen connections between health and human services programs for low-income populations through  increased data interoperability and systems integration.  

Preliminary Outcome Evaluation of the Balancing Incentive Program

July 31, 2016
This is a follow-up to four earlier evaluation reports on the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The BIP, legislated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, offered states temporary enhanced federal financial participation for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS).