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State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC)

Friday, May 18, 2018


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Program evaluation

SHADAC is a health policy research and technical assistance center with a focus on state data and policy. SHADAC is located within the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota. Our multidisciplinary team is passionate about the importance of using sound data to inform policy and operational decisions, and we work collaboratively with clients to achieve desired results. SHADAC’s core competencies include on-demand research and information synthesis, evaluation design and implementation, stakeholder engagement, deep understanding of state and federal data, quantitative and qualitative research, performance measurement, and survey methods. Our content expertise includes state and federal health policy and health reform, multi-payer delivery system and payment reform, quality measurement, coverage and access, health insurance exchanges, and population health.

SHADAC frequently works with states to help support their demand for evidence of the impacts of delivery system and payment reforms. SHADAC staff have extensive experience designing and conducting both program and initiative-level evaluations. SHADAC’s approach to program monitoring and evaluation tasks includes working with clients to refine key evaluation questions and evaluation scope, determining the best evaluation method to answer key questions, such as assessments, case studies, formative or summative evaluations, identifying secondary and primary data needs, and developing data collection plans. SHADAC’s evaluation-related technical assistance includes designing evaluations and monitoring frameworks; reviewing proposed evaluation plans, driver diagrams, logic models, and data collection tools; advising on priority measurement; and assessing data availability and data and analytic capacity to meet information needs (including gap analysis).

SHADAC has many relevant projects that display our experience in this area. Specifically, SHADAC provided technical assistance to staff at the Oregon Health Authority as they implemented the Affordable Care Act and as they developed an evaluation plan for Oregon's 1115 Medicaid Demonstration - Coordinated Care Organizations. SHADAC also served as the state evaluator of the State Innovation Model (SIM) in Minnesota, and under contract with the California Department of Healthcare Services, SHADAC developed an evaluation design for the delivery system reform portion of the Medi-Cal Section 1115 waiver. In addition, we led the evaluation of the impact of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky.

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