Skip directly to: content | left navigation | search

Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session A 3

1. Strategic Planning for PARTners and 2. Planning for Achievement: The Why, When, and How of Evaluation

Description of Session

The past decade has witnessed a growing emphasis within government on performance evaluation and accountability. A key development was the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), passed by Congress in 1993. This legislation, and the assessment tool that gave it "teeth"—OMB's Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART)—has made performance accountability and reporting critical to government decision-making. Tighter budgets over the past few years have made the message even clearer: programs and projects must achieve results.

While it is tempting to view the emphasis on performance as a distraction, or even as an undue pressure, the goal is to focus the government's resources—its people, not just its funding—on serving the American people as directly and as effectively as possible. The focus on accountability is also an opportunity to improve the way we conduct and apply public health science.

To seize this opportunity, all of those involved in designing, carrying out, and managing public health programs need to understand the why, when, and how of effective program planning and evaluation. Concern with evaluation must be more than an afterthought—it must be an integral part of planning.

This two-part presentation will begin with an overview of GPRA, PART, and the way both can affect the budget process. The second half will provide guidance on incorporating evaluation principles into every stage of a project—from concept to execution to measuring and reporting program impact.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Kevin Ryan, BA

Presenter 1: Julie Racine-Parshall, BA

Presenter 2: Joe Sigalas, BA, MA, PhD

Presenter 3: Jacquelyn Mason, BA, MA, PhD