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AHRQ Performance Plans for FY 2002 and 2003 and Performance Report for FY 2001

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Appendix 1. Changes and Improvements Over Previous Year

Summary

The basic structure of the AHRQ FY 02 performance plan for FY 02 is unchanged. The titles for Goals Five and Six were revised to simplify the presentation, but the program objectives represented under each goal remain the same.

The indicators presented under each objective were updated to reflect where Agency programs are expected to be in FY 2003 and the anticipated level of funding. The update resulted in output and outcome measures being added, particularly in Goals Three and Four, for programs and research initiatives that are expected to come to fruition during that period. Additionally, the details of some indicators have changed based on results received in FY 2000.

Detailed Presentation of Goals and Objectives
(Indicators can be seen in detail in section 1.4 of this report.)


Goal 1: Establish Future Research Needs Based on User's Needs

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 1.1: Define direction of FY project funding priorities, in large part, by needs assessment activities.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments:

Goal 2: Make significant contributions to the effective functioning of the US health care system through the creation of new knowledge.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Determine annually the salient findings from research in each of the three areas (outcomes; quality; and cost, access, and use) and develop plan for next steps translation and dissemination.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments:

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 2:2: Achieve significant findings from AHRQ sponsored and conducted research.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Discontinued

Comments: This measure is combined with 3.1 in FY 2002.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 2.3 Initiate FY Research Initiatives.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments:

Goal 3: Foster translation of new knowledge into practice by developing and providing information, products, and tools on outcomes, quality, and access, cost, and use of care.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 3.1: Maximize dissemination of information, tools, and products developed from research results for use in practice settings.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Achieve significant findings from AHRQ sponsored and conducted research and maximize dissemination of information, tools, and products developed from research results for use in practice settings.

Comments: This measure is combined with 2.2 in FY 2002. Measure 2.2 is discontinued in FY 2002.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 3.2: Develop and facilitate the use of new tools, talent, products, and implementatio methodologies stemming from research portfolio.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments: This is objective 3.3 in FY 99-00.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 3.3: Develop and facilitate the use of new tools, talent, products, and implementation methodologies stemming from research portfolio.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Discontinued

Comments: Objective 3.3 is discontinued in FY 01. (This becomes objective 3.2 in FY 01.)

Goal 4: Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of AHRQ research and associated activities.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 4.1: Evaluate the impact of AHRQ sponsored products in advancing methods to measure and improve health care.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments: Objectives 4.1 and 4.2 have been consolidated in the FY 01 plan.The FY 00 plan inadvertently had two objectives of the same title. That redundancy has been removed. With that exception, the objectives remain the same as FY 00.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 4.2: Evaluate the impact of MEPS data and associated products on policymaking and research products.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments:

Goal 5: Support initiative to improve health care quality through leadership and research.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 5.1: Conduct research to help to measure the current status health of care quality in the Nation.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments:

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 5.2: Facilitate use of quality information to improve health care in the Nation.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments:

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 5.3: Improve quality measurement.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments:

Goal 6: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 6.1: Release and disseminate MEPS data and information products in timely manner for use by researchers, policy makers, purchasers, and plans.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments:

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 6.2: Facilitate use of MEPS data and associated products as tools by extramural researchers, policy makers, purchasers, and plans.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments:

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 6.3: Modify MEPS to support annual reporting on quality, health care disparities, and research on long-term care in adults and children with special needs.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments: The name changed slightly to make the objective more generic from year to year. This objective is where the Agency will note the ongoing and important role that MEPS is playing in measuring national quality.

Goal 7: Support the overall direction and management of AHRQ

Budget line: Program Support

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 7.1 is manditory (Capital Assets) but not applicable to AHRQ.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Discontinued

Comments: The measures for these objectives are for internal management and do not warrant being reported outside AHRQ. The measures for this area also remain in place internally in the Office of Management Operations Plan and employee performance plans for the managers and staff.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 7.2: Maintain acquisition performance management system to ensure: (1) timely completion of transactions, (2) vendor and customer satisfaction, and (3) efficient and effective use of resources.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Discontinued

Comments: The measures for these objectives are for internal management and do not warrant being reported outside AHRQ. The measures for this area also remain in place internally in the Office of Management Operations Plan and employee performance plans for the managers and staff.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 7.3: continued enhancement and expansion of Agency intranet site to ensure staff have immediate access to all current information.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Discontinued

Comments: The measures for these objectives are for internal management and do not warrant being reported outside AHRQ. The measures for this area also remain in place internally in the Office of Management Operations Plan and employee performance plans for the managers and staff.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 7.4: Establish and maintain a secure Agency computer network infrastructure.

FY 02 Performance Objective
Same

Comments: This objective was initiated in FY 01.

FY 01 Performance Objective
Objective 7.5. Optimize work processes through implementation of AHRQ's workforce restructuring plan.

FY 02 Performance Objective

Comments: This measure will be initiated in FY 02.

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