Contract: $599,458 - Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation - May. 13, 2009
40% voted satisfied - 60% voted not satisfied - 5 vote(s) cast
Award Description: ARRA legislation established a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. The Council is responsible for coordinating the comparative effectiveness research (CER) across relevant HHS and federal government agencies and making recommendations for the $400 million allocated to the Office of the Secretary for CER. This contract will provide for analytical support and deliverables to assist the Council in its deliberations and strategy: 1) Strategic framework, criteria, and categorization scheme for CER and data infrastructure. 2) An inventory of the current CER portfolio including research activity and data infrastructure. 3) Final report which combines the strategic framework and inventory to identify gaps and potential priorities for future CER investment. A mandatory report to Congress, due June 30, 2009, calls for description of current CER. In addition, a rapid assessment of CER and infrastructure (e.g. clinical data networks, registries) will be critical to informing priorities for future CER funding. The HHS CER workgroup can help collect this information but a substantial amount of support will be needed to gather the information, assess the content, design a framework, and organize into a report. As the Council attempts to categorize types of CER spending and determine how to spend OS funds to fill gaps, a strategic framework will be essential. This framework should be agreed upon by the Council but an external contractor with knowledge of CER would facilitate development of the strategic framework, especially if the contractor has experience with CER and prioritization frameworks domestically and/or internationally.
Project Description: Under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Lewin provided analytic support to the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to assist the Council in its preparation of the Report to Congress. Key tasks Lewin has completed include the following: (1) assisting the Council in the development of a strategic framework and prioritization criteria for comparative effectiveness research (CER); (2) development of an environmental scan of current CER efforts across a broad array of public and private organizations; (3) development and maintenance of inventories of CER activities and data infrastructure; (3) conduct of a gap analysis and investment assessment; and (4) development of a final report of our activities and findings. Lewin is providing ongoing analytic and maintenance support and inventory maintenance through May 2010. As part of this ongoing support, Lewin anticipates providing updates to the inventory of CER activities for newly funded research, assessing investments relative to the strategic framework and priorities, and responding to analytic questions as HHS implements its spending plans.
Jobs Summary: PROGRAM MANAGER: Senior management personnel, holding a master's degree and at least ten years experience in conducting policy/program research, data analysis, evaluation studies and/or providing technical assistance of which at least five years experience has been in a senior management position; corporate level management experience reflects an ability to command organizational resources and direct staff within broader organization. PROJECT MANAGER: Associate management or technical personnel, holding a master's degree and at least five years experience in conducting policy/program research, data analysis, evaluation studies, technical assistance, and/or systems design and implementation. Personnel with bachelor's degrees in computer science or computer engineering and five years experience may be considered for project management positions that entail management of information technology. SENIOR ANALYST: Intermediate management or advanced technical personnel, holding 1) a masters degree and at least two years experience, 2) a BS/BA degree and at least four years experience in conducting program evaluations, advanced data collection and analysis, policy analyses, conference planning and logistics, trainings, and/or web site and database design and management, or 3) a BS degree in computer science or computer engineering. The individual is capable of carrying out independent assignments with minimal supervision or acting as a leader of small projects, and may in some cases take on a more significant supervisory role as a manager. ANALYST: Junior personnel holding a BS/BA degree. Includes research assistants and support specialist who regularly assist on routine technical work, such as research, data collection and analysis, providing technical assistance, database design and management, and/or editing and development of technical documents. This category also includes junior technical staff who assist in graphics design, software and operating system support, network configuration, and/or web site design and maintenance. STAFF ASSISTANT: Administrative support staff with a high school diploma and as least five years general office experience, or an AA/AS degree and at least three years general office experience. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: More than 50% Completed
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