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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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The Fiscal Impact of Refugees and Asylees at the Federal, State, and Local Levels from 2005-2019

Between 1990 and 2022, the United States welcomed over 2.1 million refugees and accepted over 800,000 asylees. While the purpose of granting visas to refugees and asylees is humanitarian, they do impact the United States economically. This analysis estimates the fiscal impact of refugees and asylees on federal, state, and local governments from 2005 to 2019.
ASPE Data Point

Estimates of Child Care Eligibility & Receipt for Fiscal Year 2020

Key Points
ASPE Data Point

HHS Standard Values for Regulatory Analysis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) analyzes the benefits, costs, and other impacts of significant proposed and final rulemakings, consistent with the requirements of several executive orders and statutes. HHS develops these analyses according to technical guidance published by the U.S.
Report

State Efforts to Coordinate Provider Directory Accuracy

Provider directories are lists of in-network providers produced by health care plans. They are an important tool for individuals seeking health care providers, and for regulators who monitor the adequacy of health plans’ provider networks.
Report, Research Brief

Reconnecting Youth: Evidence Gap Map

Evidence Gap Map: Research Report and Overview
Report

Competition in Prescription Drug Markets, 2017-2022

The cornerstone of a well-functioning market is competition. President Biden’s Executive Order 14036, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy” identified a lack of competition as a key driver for problems across economic sectors.
ASPE Issue Brief

Project Update: Child Welfare and Health Infrastructure for Linking and Data Analysis of Resources, Effectiveness, and Needs (CHILDREN) Initiative

This brief describes progress in the Child Welfare and Health Infrastructure for Linking and Data Analysis of Resources, Effectiveness, and Needs (CHILDREN) Initiative, which is entering its second year. At this time, four jurisdictions have been selected for participation in the CHILDREN Initiative and are engaging in feasibility studies to determine readiness for linking data.
Research Brief

Trends in Ownership Structures of U.S. Nursing Homes and the Relationship with Facility Traits and Quality of Care (2013-2022)

Stakeholders, researchers, and policymakers have identified varying nursing home ownership structures and ownership transactions as potentially influencing the quality of care delivered to vulnerable residents.
Report

State All Payer Claims Databases: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Multi-State Studies

This report is the third in a series of reports commissioned by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) from the RAND Corporation addressing state all payer claims databases (APCDs). APCDs include medical, pharmacy, and dental claims, as well as enrollment and provider files collected from private and public payers by states, usually as part of a State mandate.
Policy Brief

Refugee and Asylee Data on the Utilization of Medicaid

This brief describes a joint project of the ASPE and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Administration for Children and Families to enhance the data infrastructure of agencies managing refugees and Medicaid services. This project is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund.