Corporate Capabilities

Program Monitoring & Evaluation

Selected Projects

Many of our program monitoring and evaluation projects have been undertaken for entities within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  These include:
  • The National Evaluation of the Court Improvement Program–This multi-year study for the HHS Children’s Bureau is describing the many paths followed by state courts to improve their oversight of foster care and adoption cases and is analyzing the outcomes achieved through CIP.  It is providing the field with important information on effective models for juvenile and family court reform.
  • Child Welfare Privatization Initiatives–This project for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS is developing topical papers to assist state and local child welfare policymakers who are considering—or implementing—privatization reform of child welfare services.  We are also developing options for further research.
  • The Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services–Carried out for the Children’s Bureau, the QIC PCW is a resource for information on child welfare privatization efforts.  Research and demonstration projects are testing the effectiveness and efficiency of selected privatization models.  The project consists of a needs assessment completed in FY 2006, demonstration projects conducted in three states beginning in 2007, a cross-site evaluation of these efforts, and the development of a process to build knowledge and engage the field.
  • Regional Partnership Grantee Support Contract–In another project for the Children’s Bureau, we are developing a standardized set of performance measures, in close collaboration with the 53 newly-funded grantees that will be reporting on them.  Grantees are regional partnerships between child welfare and community-based substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.  We are also providing technical assistance to grantees in program and localized evaluation.
  • Head Start Innovation and Improvement Projects Assessment–This assessment involves two phases of support to the Innovation and Improvement Project (IIP): a standardized, transparent system for tracking each of the 30 IIP grantees’ progress, and visits to each grantee to help determine which eight grantees were awarded funding for the implementation phase of the grant.  During the three-year implementation phase, we are ensuring that grantees’ efforts to demonstrate accomplishments and outcomes are based on sound evaluation strategies, that lessons learned from the demonstration are captured, documented, and reported; and that grantees remain on track.