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Evaluation of AHRQ's Children's Health Activities

Final Report

To improve its services continuously, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) evaluates its programs to examine the performance of those programs in achieving their objectives. An important part of the HHS evaluation function is communicating the findings and recommendations of the evaluation studies.

This report evaluates a program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). It was prepared by RAND Health, under Contract No. WR-429-AHRQ.

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By Michael Seid, Dana J. Schultz, P. Jane McClure, Michael A. Stoto


Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Introduction
   Policy Context
   Evaluation Framework
   Structure of this Report
Chapter 2. Methods
   Developing the Database of Child Health Activities
   Identifying Associated Publications
   Determining Funding
   Categorizing Activities and Coding Publications
   Case Studies and Key Informant Interviews
   Data Analysis
Chapter 3. Results
   Primary Objectives 1 and 3
   Primary Objective 2
   Primary Objective 4
Chapter 4. Summary and Conclusions
   Conclusions and Recommendations
Appendix A. Comprehensive Activity List
Appendix B. Interview Protocol
Appendix C. Tables
Appendix D. List of Coded Publications
Appendix E: Interviewees


The RAND Corporation was contracted to evaluate AHRQ's child health activities. This work was carried out from October 2005 through June 2006. Comments or inquiries should be sent to the RAND principal investigators, Michael Seid ( or Michael A. Stoto ( This work was carried out within RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation. More information about RAND is available at

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AHRQ Publication No. 08-M013-EF
Current as of October 2006

Internet Citation:

Evaluation of AHRQ's Children's Health Activities. Program Evaluation. AHRQ Publication No. 08-M013-EF, October 2006. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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