Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 23572-23573 [2017-10526]

Download as PDF 23572 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices Commonwealth Business Bank, both of Los Angeles, California. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 18, 2017. Yao-Chin Chao, Assistant Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2017–10488 Filed 5–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Title: Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency Next Generation (BIAS–NG). OMB No.: New Collection. Description: The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a 3-year pilot generic clearance to collect data as part of rapid cycle testing and evaluation, in order to inform the design of interventions informed by behavioral science and to better understand the mechanisms and effects of such interventions. These interventions, which will be in the program area domains of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and child welfare, are intended to improve outcomes for participants in these programs. OPRE plans to conduct the Behavioral Interventions to Advance SelfSufficiency Next Generation (BIAS–NG) project. This project will use behavioral insights to design and test interventions intended to improve the efficiency, operations, and efficacy of human services programs. The BIAS–NG project will apply behavioral insights to a range of ACF programs including TANF, Child Welfare, and other program areas to be determined. This notice is specific to data collection with TANF and Child Welfare sites; when and if the project desires to work in other program areas, OPRE will publish a Federal Register notice allowing for public comment and will submit a new information collection request for that work. Under this pilot generic clearance, OPRE plans to work with approximately six sites to conduct approximately two tests per site, for a VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 total of approximately 12 tests of behavioral interventions. The design and testing of BIAS NG interventions will be rapid and iterative. Each specific intervention will be designed in consultation with agency leaders and launched quickly. To maximize the likelihood that the intervention produces measurable, significant, positive effects on outcomes of interest, rapid cycle evaluation techniques will be employed in which proximate outcomes will be measured to allow the research team to rapidly iterate and adjust the intervention design, informing subsequent tests. Due to the rapid and iterative nature of this work OPRE seeks generic clearance to conduct this research. Following standard OMB requirements for generic clearances, once instruments are tailored to a specific site and the site’s intervention, OPRE will submit an individual generic information collection request under this umbrella clearance. Each request will include the individual instrument(s), a justification specific to the individual information collection, a description of the proposed intervention, and any supplementary documents. Each specific information collection will include two submissions: First, a submission for the formative stage research and second, a submission for the test and evaluation materials. In this notice we describe the types of information expected to be collected for each test and the expected burden. To ensure maximal relevance to the domain areas selected (i.e., Child Welfare and TANF), the project has identified a set of broad problems that affect entire domain areas rather than problems that are idiosyncratic to a particular program. In each of the approximately six sites with which the project will work under this clearance, interventions will be designed and tested using an approach called behavioral diagnosis and design which will involve determining how identified problems operate within each site’s specific context, diagnosing behavioral reasons for those problems, designing interventions informed by behavioral insights, and rigorously testing the interventions. Information will be collected throughout this process. The information that will be collected is specific to each of the sites, will not be collected indefinitely, and is not intended to be interpreted as applicable to other sites or to other programs. In addition, in working with the project to design the behavioral interventions to be tested, some sites may decide to PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 change what data they collect and/or the questions they ask the public to answer. Such decisions will be controlled by the sites, not by the project. In order to define and diagnose program challenges and design appropriate interventions, OPRE plans to conduct interviews and focus groups with administrators, staff, and/or clients in each of the approximately six sites. OPRE will field client and/or staff surveys in order to hear from a breadth of perspectives. In addition to interviews, focus groups, and surveys, OPRE anticipates observing program activities and reviewing documents and administrative data. This information will be critical to diagnosing where and why programs are facing challenges and which behavioral interventions may have an impact. During the testing phase OPRE anticipates conducting mixed-methods evaluations consisting of implementation, impact, and cost research for the approximately two tests in each of the approximately six total sites that will be engaged across the two program areas included under this clearance, TANF and Child Welfare (for a total of 12 tests). To better understand how the intervention is being implemented and its effects, OPRE anticipates conducting interviews and focus groups with program administrators, staff, and/or clients in each site. Because not all outcomes of interest (for example, improved understanding of and/or satisfaction with the foster parent recruitment process) are reflected in administrative records, OPRE anticipates conducting client surveys and staff surveys. Interest in participating in BIAS–NG is expected to be high, and it is not expected that systematic recruitment of sites will be necessary. Within each site, we do not intend to do any active recruitment as all those who are eligible will be enrolled in the study and randomization will be conducted using a list of those who meet the eligibility criteria. Findings from these tests will be publicized through multiple dissemination channels, which may include but are not limited to reports on individual tests, a final synthesis report, presentations at conferences and meetings, scholarly journal articles, webinars, social media, press outreach, newsletters, etc. Respondents: (1) Program Administrators (2) Program Staff and (3) Program Clients. E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 23573 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 / Notices TOTAL BURDEN HOURS Total number of respondents Instrument Diagnosis and Design Phase: Administrator interviews/focus groups ...................................................... Staff interviews/focus groups ................................................................... Client interviews/focus groups .................................................................. Client survey ............................................................................................. Staff Survey .............................................................................................. Evaluation Phase: Administrator interviews/focus groups ...................................................... Staff interviews/focus groups ................................................................... Client interviews/focus groups .................................................................. Client Survey ............................................................................................ Staff survey ............................................................................................... Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,070 hours. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: OPREinfocollection@ acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours 24 48 48 600 120 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 .25 .25 24 48 48 150 30 48 96 96 6,000 120 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 .25 .25 48 96 96 1,500 30 comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Mary Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–10526 Filed 5–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–07–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Title: Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education: Comparative Multi-Case Study. OMB No.: New. Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks approval to collect new information to use in developing measures of the implementation and costs of high quality early care and education. This information collection is part of the project, Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education (ECE– ICHQ). The project’s goal is to create a technically sound and feasible instrument that will provide consistent, systematic measures of the implementation and costs of education and care in center-based settings that serve children from birth to age 5. The resulting measures will inform research, policy, and practice by improving understanding of variations in what centers do to support quality, their associated costs, and how resources for ECE may be better aligned with expectations for quality. The goals of the study are (1) to test and refine a mixed methods approach to identifying the implementation activities and costs of key functions within ECE centers and (2) to produce data for creating measures of implementation and costs. The study recently collected data through on-site visits to 15 centers as part of an initial phase of data collection under clearance, #0970–0355. In this initial phase, the study team tested data collection tools and methods, conducted cognitive interviews to obtain feedback from respondents about the tools, and used the information to reduce and refine the tools for the next phase of data collection. This request is focused on the next phase of data collection which will include 50 ECE centers in three states. The next phase will rely on remote data collection through electronic data collection tools, telephone interviews, and web-based surveys. Respondents: ECE site administrators or center directors, program directors, education specialists, financial managers or accountants, lead teachers, and assistant teachers. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Total/annual number of respondents Instrument Initial email to selected center directors .......................................................... Center recruitment call .................................................................................... Center engagement call .................................................................................. Implementation interview: Center director ....................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 May 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number of responses per respondent 400 415 50 50 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 1 1 1 1 23MYN1 Average burden hours per response .08 .33 .42 3 Annual burden hours 32 137 21 150

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 98 (Tuesday, May 23, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 23572-23573]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-10526]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency Next 
Generation (BIAS-NG).
    OMB No.: New Collection.
    Description: The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) 
in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department 
of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) approval for a 3-year pilot generic clearance to collect 
data as part of rapid cycle testing and evaluation, in order to inform 
the design of interventions informed by behavioral science and to 
better understand the mechanisms and effects of such interventions. 
These interventions, which will be in the program area domains of 
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and child welfare, are 
intended to improve outcomes for participants in these programs.
    OPRE plans to conduct the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-
Sufficiency Next Generation (BIAS-NG) project. This project will use 
behavioral insights to design and test interventions intended to 
improve the efficiency, operations, and efficacy of human services 
programs. The BIAS-NG project will apply behavioral insights to a range 
of ACF programs including TANF, Child Welfare, and other program areas 
to be determined. This notice is specific to data collection with TANF 
and Child Welfare sites; when and if the project desires to work in 
other program areas, OPRE will publish a Federal Register notice 
allowing for public comment and will submit a new information 
collection request for that work. Under this pilot generic clearance, 
OPRE plans to work with approximately six sites to conduct 
approximately two tests per site, for a total of approximately 12 tests 
of behavioral interventions.
    The design and testing of BIAS NG interventions will be rapid and 
iterative. Each specific intervention will be designed in consultation 
with agency leaders and launched quickly. To maximize the likelihood 
that the intervention produces measurable, significant, positive 
effects on outcomes of interest, rapid cycle evaluation techniques will 
be employed in which proximate outcomes will be measured to allow the 
research team to rapidly iterate and adjust the intervention design, 
informing subsequent tests. Due to the rapid and iterative nature of 
this work OPRE seeks generic clearance to conduct this research. 
Following standard OMB requirements for generic clearances, once 
instruments are tailored to a specific site and the site's 
intervention, OPRE will submit an individual generic information 
collection request under this umbrella clearance. Each request will 
include the individual instrument(s), a justification specific to the 
individual information collection, a description of the proposed 
intervention, and any supplementary documents. Each specific 
information collection will include two submissions: First, a 
submission for the formative stage research and second, a submission 
for the test and evaluation materials. In this notice we describe the 
types of information expected to be collected for each test and the 
expected burden.
    To ensure maximal relevance to the domain areas selected (i.e., 
Child Welfare and TANF), the project has identified a set of broad 
problems that affect entire domain areas rather than problems that are 
idiosyncratic to a particular program. In each of the approximately six 
sites with which the project will work under this clearance, 
interventions will be designed and tested using an approach called 
behavioral diagnosis and design which will involve determining how 
identified problems operate within each site's specific context, 
diagnosing behavioral reasons for those problems, designing 
interventions informed by behavioral insights, and rigorously testing 
the interventions. Information will be collected throughout this 
process. The information that will be collected is specific to each of 
the sites, will not be collected indefinitely, and is not intended to 
be interpreted as applicable to other sites or to other programs. In 
addition, in working with the project to design the behavioral 
interventions to be tested, some sites may decide to change what data 
they collect and/or the questions they ask the public to answer. Such 
decisions will be controlled by the sites, not by the project.
    In order to define and diagnose program challenges and design 
appropriate interventions, OPRE plans to conduct interviews and focus 
groups with administrators, staff, and/or clients in each of the 
approximately six sites. OPRE will field client and/or staff surveys in 
order to hear from a breadth of perspectives. In addition to 
interviews, focus groups, and surveys, OPRE anticipates observing 
program activities and reviewing documents and administrative data. 
This information will be critical to diagnosing where and why programs 
are facing challenges and which behavioral interventions may have an 
impact.
    During the testing phase OPRE anticipates conducting mixed-methods 
evaluations consisting of implementation, impact, and cost research for 
the approximately two tests in each of the approximately six total 
sites that will be engaged across the two program areas included under 
this clearance, TANF and Child Welfare (for a total of 12 tests). To 
better understand how the intervention is being implemented and its 
effects, OPRE anticipates conducting interviews and focus groups with 
program administrators, staff, and/or clients in each site. Because not 
all outcomes of interest (for example, improved understanding of and/or 
satisfaction with the foster parent recruitment process) are reflected 
in administrative records, OPRE anticipates conducting client surveys 
and staff surveys.
    Interest in participating in BIAS-NG is expected to be high, and it 
is not expected that systematic recruitment of sites will be necessary. 
Within each site, we do not intend to do any active recruitment as all 
those who are eligible will be enrolled in the study and randomization 
will be conducted using a list of those who meet the eligibility 
criteria. Findings from these tests will be publicized through multiple 
dissemination channels, which may include but are not limited to 
reports on individual tests, a final synthesis report, presentations at 
conferences and meetings, scholarly journal articles, webinars, social 
media, press outreach, newsletters, etc.
    Respondents: (1) Program Administrators (2) Program Staff and (3) 
Program Clients.

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                                               Total Burden Hours
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                                                   Total  number     Number of        Average
                   Instrument                           of         responses per   burden  hours   Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent     per  response       hours
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Diagnosis and Design Phase:
    Administrator interviews/focus groups.......              24               1               1              24
    Staff interviews/focus groups...............              48               1               1              48
    Client interviews/focus groups..............              48               1               1              48
    Client survey...............................             600               1             .25             150
    Staff Survey................................             120               1             .25              30
Evaluation Phase:
    Administrator interviews/focus groups.......              48               1               1              48
    Staff interviews/focus groups...............              96               1               1              96
    Client interviews/focus groups..............              96               1               1              96
    Client Survey...............................           6,000               1             .25           1,500
    Staff survey................................             120               1             .25              30
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    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,070 hours.
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Planning, Research and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 
20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: 
OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by 
the title of the information collection.
    The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection 
of information on respondents, including through the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 60 days of this publication.

Mary Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-10526 Filed 5-22-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4184-07-P