An Evaluation Roadmap for a More Effective Government [See attached report]was issued by the Evaluation Policy Task Force of the American Evaluation Association. It provides guidance for government officials of the United States to follow in order to incorporate program evaluation requirements into authorizing legislation, regulations, and administrative issuances. It describes an evaluation discipline and practice that applies appropriate evaluation methods and approaches to government programs throughout their life cycle. It envisions government policy makers and managers adapting evaluation and monitoring methods to help design programs, then to monitor their early implementation, to measure their results as they mature, and to measure their impact.
The Tobacco Campaigns of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Its Collaborators 1991-2010 evaluates an intensive, two decades long initiative to reduce tobacco use in this country. Starting In 1991 RWJF began to tackle one of the most intractable problems in the field of public health—tobacco addiction. Over the next two decades, it invested significant funds and talent, focusing on policy and systems changes, such as higher tobacco excise taxes, smoke-free indoor air laws, access to cessation treatment and the federal regulation of tobacco. Starting in 2004, the Foundation began to scale back its tobacco work, although it continued to fund some activities. In January 2009 the Foundation contracted with the Center for Public Program Evaluation to provide an independent assessment of its tobacco work. This paper summarizes what that study found as of June 2010.
Evaluation South Asia [See attached report] is the first edition of a professional journal serving the interests of program evaluators in South Asia. It describe the issues facing evaluators now making headway in establishing a program evaluation and monitoring profession in this part of the world The first chapter, The Pillars of Public Evaluation , establishes the framework for an effective country-wide evaluation profession and practice that will make program evaluation an inherent part of the processes used to develop, plan, operate, and assess government programs.
The Citizens’ Health Care Working Group, comprised of 14 citizens from diverse backgrounds, was selected to represent an informed cross section of the American people, was authorized by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, to develop recommendations to improve the nation's healthcare system. The nonpartisan group was tasked with engaging the public in a nationwide discussion of options to address the crisis in health care and improve the health care system in the United States. By listening to citizens from communities across the country, the Working Group developed recommendations to transform the nation’s health care system while addressing runaway costs, unaffordable care, and unreliable quality. The results of their work, which was sent to the President and Congress, is summarized in their September 2006 report, “Health Care that Works For All Americans."