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National Center for Health Statistics

The program provides statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. It obtains data from birth and death records and conducts national surveys to collect health data from medical records, personal interviews, direct physical examinations, and laboratory tests.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program provides statistical information on health, illness and disability, the effects of health hazards, management of medical conditions, health care costs and financing, family size and make-up, and birth and death. Without these data, researchers and policymakers would not have the information they need to monitor public health, design and manage programs, and allocate resources.
  • The program has established annual and long-term performance measures and is able to show progress in achieving its goals. Considerable progress has been made on Health Statistics' annual measures. For example, the program has already made progress towards a long-term goal of reducing the amount of time it takes to release collected data, from 15 months in 2003 to 12 months in 2007.
  • The program has established an efficiency measure. Administrative savings have been achieved through a reduction in the number of administrative management and support staff and an improved supervisory ratio. These efficiencies helped streamline operations and make resources available for direct program operations.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Tying budget requests to the accomplishment of annual and long-term goals, and present resource needs in a complete and transparent manner.
  • Monitoring progress on new long-term outcome measures to drive program improvements.

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