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Washington Evaluators Brown Bag
by Andrew Rock and Lucie Vogel
October 5, 2010
The presentation will describe a study conducted by the Lewin Group on the utilization of program evaluations in the Department of Health and Human Services for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. The study used an online survey of project officers and managers from a sample of program evaluations selected from the Policy Information Center database. To supplement the survey data, Lewin conducted focus groups with senior staff in six agencies. Key findings of the study focused on direct, conceptual and indirect use and the importance of high quality methods, stakeholder involvement in evaluation design, presence of a champion, and study findings that were perceived to be important. The study concluded with recommendations for a strengthened internal evaluation group within HHS and future research using a case study approach for greater in-depth examination.
Mr. Andrew Rock initiated/conceived and was the Project Officer (COTR) for the study. He works for the Office of Planning and Policy Support in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS. He is responsible for the Department's annual comprehensive report to Congress on HHS evaluations, coordinates the HHS legislative development process, represents his office on the Continuity of Operations Workgroup, and has worked on various cross-cutting issues including homelessness, tribal self-governance, and health reform. In addition to his work in ASPE, he has worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Public Health Service, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Ms Lucie Vogel served as a Stakeholder Committee Member for the study. She works in the Division of Planning, Evaluation and Research in the Indian Health Service, developing Strategic and Health Service Master Plans, conducting evaluation studies, and reporting on agency performance. She previously served in evaluation and planning positions in the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, the University of Virginia, and the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services.