Upcoming Events

    • Tue, August 29, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Altarum Institute, 2000 M Street, NW; Conference Room A (Lower Level), Washington, DC

    Please join us for a presentation and happy hour for those interested in health sector evaluation! 

    Join us for a presentation on Measuring Health Care Value Using Claims Data and the Episode-of-care Construct with Greg Matthews of the Altarum Institute

    This afternoon session will be held on Tuesday, August 29 from 4:30-5:30pm at the Altarum Institute (2000 M St NW, Conference Room A (Lower Level), Washington, DC)

    This session will be followed by a happy hour at Stoney's on L (2101 L St NW Suite) from 5:40-7:30pm, for those interested in networking and hearing more about Greg's talk.

    WE members also have access to the members-only call-in number. When registering, please indicate if you will be attending the presentation in person or using the conference line.

    Measuring Health Care Value Using Claims Data and the Episode-of-Care Construct

    Health care costs have risen faster than inflation for decades. Health care consumers lack the information they need to evaluate options and choose good quality care at a reasonable price. One of Altarum's approaches to these issues involves grouping claims data into episodes-of-care, a patient-centered construct that provides a common and comprehensible unit of analysis for evaluating quality and efficiency. This presentation will introduce the concepts and methods underlying PROMETHEUS software to group clinically-relevant procedure and diagnosis codes into 90+ distinct episodes of care. By attributing allowed costs on claims to either typical care or care related to potentially avoidable complications, PROMETHEUS Analytics can be used to measure both cost and quality of care. A few implementations of PROMETHEUS Analytics will be reviewed, including uses for payment arrangements and for increasing transparency into health care for consumers.


    Greg Matthews is a health evaluator with 14 years of evaluation experience. At Altarum, a non-profit organization specializing in improving health and health care, he manages implementations of the PROMETHEUS episode grouper and Bridges To Excellence provider recognition programs. His current work focuses on improving incentives in health care through transparent cost and quality information based on claims data. PROMETHEUS analytics allow the implementation and evaluation of various alternative payment arrangements to improve the quality of care and reduce costs. Greg's past work at Altarum includes evaluations of MCHB grants for oral health access, suicide prevention programs for Veterans, and several other research/analytic projects. Before joining Altarum in 2015, he spent four years at Booz Allen Hamilton consulting federal agencies as a social scientist and three years with Child Trends as a reseasrch assistant. Greg received his Master's degree from the University of Washington Sociology Department in 2009 where he studied demography and statistics, writing his dissertation prospectus on mortality in rural South Africa and his Master's thesis on racial disparities in infectious diseases for the incarcerated population. Greg also holds a BA in Anthropology/Sociology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

    • Wed, September 13, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • National Park (1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003)

    This summer, WE is organizing events to explore some of the great outdoor attractions that DC has to offer.

    Join us for an evening of baseball as the Washington Nationals host the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:05pm. We've secured 22 discounted tickets at 50% of the original cost in the Upper Gallery (Section 416). 

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    Meet the group at our reserved seats in the Upper Gallery, Section 416. Feel free to bring a guest; each member can purchase 2 tickets. 

    After purchasing your tickets on this event page, we'll then send you an email with your ticket(s). These tickets can then be printed or downloaded to your mobile phone, so you can easily get into the park.

    If you have any questions, please contact washeval@gmail.com

    What: Nationals baseball
    Where: National Park (Map: 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003)
    When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:05pm
    Nearest metro: Navy Yard-Ballpark (green)
    Registration: Members and their guests. 
    • Tue, September 19, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, WTD Conference Room 2
    Please join the Washington Evaluators for our monthly meeting! Members and non-members welcome.

    Location: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, WTD Conference Room 2

    Nearest Metro: Shaw-Howard (Green Line)

    Time: 6-730 PM

    Agenda TBA

    • Mon, September 25, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Call-in for members; IBM Center for The Business of Government 600 14th Street, NW Second Floor, Washington, DC

    Please join Washington Evaluators for a presentation on the Recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking with Nick Hart and Anne Fletcher

    • Date/Time: Monday, September 25 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
    • Location: IBM Center for The Business of Government, 600 14th Street, NW, Second Floor, Washington, D.C. 
    • Nearest Metro Stations: Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, Silver) or McPherson Square (Blue, Orange, Silver)

    Recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

    The U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking is developing a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs, while protecting privacy and confidentiality. During the course of the bipartisan Commission’s work, members studied how data, research, and evaluation are currently used to build evidence, and how to strengthen the Federal government’s evidence-building capacity. Commissioners applied a diverse range of professional and research expertise to specifically consider strategies for enhancing and better integrating existing data infrastructure in the U.S. to support policy research and evaluation, and opportunities to improve practices for monitoring and assessing outcomes of government programs.  This seminar will discuss the findings and final recommendations the Commission will present to the President and the Congress in September 2017.


    Nick Hart, Ph.D. is the Policy and Research Director for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.  Dr. Hart leads the research team working to develop findings and recommendations for Congress and the President about improving how government generates evidence to inform policymaking. He is the President of Washington Evaluators in 2017, a Board member of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, and serves on the American Evaluation Association's Evaluation Policy Task Force. 

    Anne Fletcher serves as a Senior Policy and Research Analyst for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking. Anne also works as a Social Science Analyst within the Program Evaluation Division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R).  Within PD&R, Anne is responsible for managing the majority of the Department’s portfolio of research and evaluation related to homelessness, within a broader portfolio of projects related to the housing needs of vulnerable populations, including individuals with disabilities and families with child welfare involvement.  Prior to coming to HUD in 2009, Anne served as a Social Science Analyst with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for 7 years.  
    • Wed, October 11, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, WTD Conference Room 2
    Please join the Washington Evaluators for our monthly meeting! Members and non-members welcome.

    Location: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, WTD Conference Room 2

    Nearest Metro: Shaw-Howard (Green Line)

    Time: 6-730 PM

    Agenda -- Eval 2017 topics

    • Mon, November 06, 2017
    • Thu, November 09, 2017
    • TBA

    #EvalAction Days:  Evaluators Visiting with Policymakers about the Importance of Evaluation


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    1) What is the EvalAction initiative?

    Do you think decision makers should have evidence when making important policy decisions?  Do you think facts are an important part of policy discourse?  Do you want to help AEA promote good federal evaluation policy? Have you ever wanted to visit the Capitol and an opportunity to talk about evidence and evaluation with policymakers? Now is your chance!

    The EvalAction initiative in 2017 -- co-sponsored by the American Evaluation Association's (AEA) Evaluation Policy Task Force (EPTF) and Washington Evaluators (WE) -- facilitates you visiting Capitol Hill to speak with congressional staff, communicating the importance of evaluation and evidence to our government and our society. 

    During your visit, you will provide staff with materials developed by the AEA, highlighting AEA’s mission and explaining the basics of program evaluation.  You will also have the opportunity to answer staff's questions about AEA and the field of evaluation. After your visit you will be asked to follow-up via email with the congressional staffer(s) you met and will be asked to complete a brief survey on your visit on how interested your congressperson is in the areas of government management and evaluation.

    If you are interested in participating in this initiative, please sign up using the on-line form (here). We encourage you to read through all the FAQs prior to signing up.

    2) Do I need to sign-up to participate in this initiative?

    Yes.  You must sign-up to participate in the EvalAction event by completing the form located here.  All participants must sign up and participate in a training session prior to representing AEA on Capitol Hill.

    3) Is Congress in session during the AEA conference?

    Congress is scheduled to be in session during the beginning of the AEA conference. The AEA conference in 2017 will be held from November 6 to 11; and Congress is in session November 6 to 9.  November 10 is Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday, and offices and Capitol Hill will be closed; November 11 is Saturday.  Although most congressional Members and staff will be in D.C. during most of the AEA conference, their congressional staff are whom AEA members will most likely visit.

    4) Why should I plan to speak with congressional staff?

    Members of Congress vote on a wide range of topics each year. Their staff help keep them up to speed on the legislation they will develop and eventually vote on. Staffs run the day-to-day machinery of legislative policy making, operating behind the scenes to support Members of Congress. Staff have their hands on the levers, buttons, and ropes of every major piece of legislation that moves through Congress, and provide valuable advice and consultation to Members of Congress about strategy.

    Staff assume many different types of responsibilities, and through this event you will connect with the staff(s) who are responsible for developing legislation and policy, specifically those who deal with program management, performance management, and program evaluation. They are the ones who are most likely to benefit from better understanding how evaluation can be used in the legislative process and to support desired outcomes of new legislation.  These staff are often responsible for providing recommendations and information summaries on evaluation issues to staff directors and congressional members.

    However, Members of Congress also have areas of special interest to them (e.g., education, defense, health, transportation, the environment, or government administration) and seek to be assigned to committees that develop legislation in areas. Their work in these committees eventually turns them into experts on their committees' topics. Because they vote on the early stages of legislation in their committees, they are very influential in shaping legislation before bills get to the floor of the House or Senate for all members to vote on.  Each of these committees also have professional staff who can play a critical role in working with Members of Congress in developing legislation and policy, specifically with regard to evaluation.

    So, if you also have interest in a particular policy area and the role that evaluation can have in helping policy makers make decisions about it, you should try to speak to the staff of a Member of Congress or a committee staff members.  And if you are interested in a particular “area of interest,” you are encouraged to research which of your representatives or senators is most active/interested in your “area of interest,” and which committees are most germane.

    5) What will success for AEA look like?

    The primary goals of your visit to Capitol Hill are to acquaint congressional staff and Members with the main messages of AEA, and to promote the value of evidence and evaluation in our society.  Specifically, the EvalAction initiative aims to emphasize

    • the key importance of program evaluation for understanding the effect of Federal programs and to inform decision-making;
    • that AEA is a professional organization that promotes the practice of valid, reliable, and credible evaluation;
    • that AEA can provide help in understanding what kind of evaluations can be used to address a variety of needs and goals of policymakers; and
    • that AEA can provide assistance in developing legislation that will incorporate evaluation in the design of programs to address intended policy goals and questions of Congress.

    6) What is the timeline for this initiative?

    March 1, 2017 – September 22, 2017

    Sign-up for this initiative using the registration button on this page.  You must sign-up in advance to participate in EvalAction.

    Early October, 2017

    An EPTF member will invite you to join a mandatory conference call to discuss this initiative and advise you on how to schedule a visit with your congressperson, discuss in more detail what to expect during your visit, and answer your questions.  You must participate in the call in order to represent AEA at the event this fall.

    Early October 2017 /Early November 2017

    You will contact your congressional office and make an appointment with the appropriate staff. The days we recommend for visiting Capitol Hill during the AEA conference are November 6–9.

    AEA conference (November 6, 2017 – November 11, 2017)

    You will pick up your packet of materials during AEA conference check-in at the conference center.  The materials will serve as handouts for your visit.  If you will be unable to pick-up materials, please notify an event organizer to arrange for alternative delivery. 

    Visit the congressional office at the scheduled time.

    Post AEA conference (Late November 2017)

    Send an email to your congressional contact(s) thanking them for the visit and providing them with additional materials/information.

    Complete a survey to provide information about your visit to the EPTF.

    7) I RSVP'ed, now what?

    After you have expressed interest in participating, please wait until receiving further information from event organizers before reaching out to schedule meetings specifically related to this event.

    • Mon, November 06, 2017
    • Sat, November 11, 2017
    • Washington, DC

    Evaluation 2017:  From Learning to Action

    Join the conversation in Washington, DC November 6-11, 2017 as we explore challenges and solutions through the evaluation learning cycle. 

    • Learning to Enhance Evaluation Practice
    • Learning What Works and Why
    • Learning from Others
    • Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
    Visit the AEA Conference Website to learn more about the Evaluation 2017 theme, program, registration, and attendance. Also, check out the Washington Evaluators featured portion of our website to learn about special events sponsored by Washington Evaluators this fall to support the conference!

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