Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Promoting Evaluation Capacity through the Use of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract Mechanism at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH

Session Number: 2144
Track: Government Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Dione Washington [NIH]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Krystal Tomlin [Health Policy Analyst - National Institutes of Health/NIAID]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Liberty Walton [Public Health Analyst - NIH]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Brandie Taylor [Supervisory Progam Analyst - National Institutes of Health]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 90

Other Authors: Jane Lockmuller, NIH, lockj@mail.nih.gov
Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The current climate of heightened fiscal responsibility and tightening resources underscores the need for novel approaches to promote and sustain evaluation capacity within the federal government.  Although evaluation-specific dollars have decreased, the demand for program evaluation has increased.  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) sought to establish an evaluation services indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract mechanism that could facilitate this growing need. An IDIQ allows NIAID to efficiently and effectively request evaluation related services once a need has been identified.  NIAID conducts a myriad of evaluations, including feasibility and evaluation design studies, needs assessments, process evaluations, and outcome and impact evaluations.  This poster illustrates the benefits of an IDIQ on evaluation practice, the role it has played in building evaluation capacity across NIAID, and the steps taken to establish and manage this evaluation services contract in order to maintain and benefit the evolving needs of NIAID.

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