ERIC Number: ED335157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunities for Improved Management Efficiency of the Head Start Program: Performance Evaluation and High Risk Determination.
Gall, Mary Sheila
This report provides results of a review of the methodology used by the Office of Human Development Services (HDS) to measure Head Start performance and to control high risk Head Start agencies. The review was performed at HDS headquarters and regional locations nationwide. The review was based on a sample of 200 Head Start agencies and focused on Head Start performace standards, program profiles, the Objective Tracking System, best practice and compliance reports, and a regional office's internal procedures for the identification of grantees needing assistance. Fiscal and program ratings were obtained from HDS headquarters and regional office staff, and discussions were held with regional and headquarters staff. Methods used by HDS to identify high risk agencies were examined. Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 74, was reviewed, as were the Department of Health and Human Services' Grants Administration Manual, High Risk Grantees, Chapter 1-05, and Monitoring Discretionary Grants, Chapter 1-13; and HDS Grants Administrative Staff Manual, Chapter 8. Findings indicated that HDS had not established or implemented procedures necessary to evaluate the performance of Head Start agencies or assure that appropriate action to upgrade or eliminate high risk agencies would be taken. Improvements are recommended. An appendix provides HDS' response. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Inspector General (DHHS), Washington, DC.