Performance Measures and Outcomes for MCHB Programs

Project Overview

For the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Insight developed Performance Assistance Rating Tool (PART) performance measures (both long term and annual) and efficiency measures for 5 new MCHB programs: 1) the Traumatic Brain Injury Program, 2) Emergency Medical Services for Children, 3) Familyto-Family Health Information Centers, 4) the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program, and 5) the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI). PART was developed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to assess the performance of all U.S. Government programs once every 5 years.

This project included 5 primary components:

  • Review program-level information, including similar programs’ performance measures, to determine the goals and objectives of each program, funding amounts, and types of grantees.
  • Conduct semi-structured in-person interviews with program directors to discuss their needs, priorities, and perspectives regarding the development and implementation of new measures.
  • Develop potential annual measures, long-term performance measures, and efficiency measures for each program. The research team identified those measures that were 1) meaningful and relevant, 2) clear and quantifiable, 3) measurable, and 4) cost effective.
  • Identify program data and other outside data sources available for computing the measures (e.g., through the Title V Information System (TVIS) and the Discretionary Grant Information System (DGIS), program administrative data, and annual surveys).
  • Deliver a report and presentation on proposed measures.

Core Activities

Qualitative Research; Performance Measurement and Monitoring; Report Development and Presentation


The final report is entitled “Potential PART Measures for MCHB Programs.” (November 2008)