Submission for OMB Review; Behavioral Interventions To Advance Self-Sufficiency Next Generation (BIAS-NG) (0970-0502), 33947-33948 [2019-15082]

Download as PDF 33947 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 16, 2019 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,970. Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation; Administration for Children and Families; HHS. ACTION: Request for public comment. decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: OIRA_ SUBMISSION@OMB.EOP.GOV. Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration for Children and Families. Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by emailing OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. Alternatively, copies can also be obtained 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. All requests, emailed or written, should be identified by the title of the information collection. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 to modify the previously approved pilot generic clearance (0970–0502) 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. Interventions have been and will continue to be developed in the program area domains of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and child welfare, and this revision would also allow for collection of data in the Early Head Start/Head Start program area. These interventions are intended to improve outcomes for participants in these programs. DATES: Comments due within 30 days of publication. OMB is required to make a Correction This is a republication of Federal Register 2019–13701; 84 FR 30718 to ensure the correct materials are available for public comment on RegInfo.gov. Description: OPRE is conducting the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency Next Generation (BIAS– NG) project. This project uses behavioral insights to design and test interventions intended to improve the efficiency, operations, and efficacy of human services programs. The BIAS– NG project is applying and testing behavioral insights to ACF programs including TANF and Child Welfare, and intends to expand these efforts to Early Head Start/Head Start. This notice is a revision to a previously approved collection, which included data collection to design and test interventions in the TANF and Child Welfare domains. Under the approved pilot generic clearance, OPRE plans to work with approximately six sites, and Authorities: Sec. 640(a)(2)(D) and Sec. 649 of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act. Sec. 645A and 649 of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017. Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–15080 Filed 7–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–22–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Behavioral Interventions To Advance Self-Sufficiency Next Generation (BIAS–NG) (0970–0502) AGENCY: SUMMARY: will conduct one or more tests per site, for a total of approximately 9 tests of behavioral interventions. At least one of these sites will be in the newly added program area of Head Start/Early Head Start. The design and testing of BIASNG interventions is rapid and, to the extent possible, iterative. Each specific intervention is designed in consultation with agency leaders and launched as quickly as possible. 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 more quickly iterate and adjust the intervention design, informing subsequent tests. Due to the rapid and iterative nature of this work, OPRE sought and received generic clearance to conduct this research. Following standard OMB requirements for generic clearances, once instruments requiring burden are tailored to a specific site and the site’s intervention, OPRE submits an individual generic information collection request under this umbrella clearance. Each request includes 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 includes up to two submissions: One submission for the formative stage research and another submission for any further data collection requiring burden during the testing phase. The type of information to be collected and the uses of the information is described in the supporting statements, found here: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=2017070970-005. This Notice is specific to expanding the program area domains to include Early Head Start/Head Start, in addition to the previously approved domains of Child Welfare and TANF. Respondents: (1) Program Administrators, (2) Program Staff and (3) Program Clients. TOTAL BURDEN ESTIMATES jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES [TANF, CW, Third Domain] Previously approved respondents for TANF & CW Instrument Total number of respondents (TANF, CW, EHS/HS) Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours with 3rd domain Diagnosis and Design Administrator interviews/focus groups ................................. Staff interviews/focus groups ............................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Jul 15, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00044 24 48 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48 378 E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 1 1 16JYN1 1 1 48 378 33948 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 16, 2019 / Notices TOTAL BURDEN ESTIMATES—Continued [TANF, CW, Third Domain] Previously approved respondents for TANF & CW Instrument Client interviews/focus groups ............................................. Client survey ........................................................................ Staff Survey ......................................................................... Total number of respondents (TANF, CW, EHS/HS) 48 600 120 Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours with 3rd domain 348 840 144 1 1 1 1 .25 .25 348 210 36 96 756 696 10,800 600 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 .25 .25 96 756 696 2,700 150 Evaluation Administrator interviews/focus groups ................................. Staff interviews/focus groups ............................................... Client interviews/focus groups ............................................. Client survey ........................................................................ Staff Survey ......................................................................... Estimated Total Burden Hours: 5,418. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1310. Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–15082 Filed 7–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–07–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Case Studies (New Collection) Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation; Administration for Children and Families; HHS. ACTION: Request for public comment. AGENCY: The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is proposing a data collection activity as part of the State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Case Studies project. This study seeks to document innovative employment and training programs for low-income individuals including TANF recipients and examine the ways the programs provide or link families to wraparound services. Over a three-year period, the study will conduct up to 12 comprehensive qualitative case studies and up to 20 profiles of innovative programs to showcase promising approaches. DATES: Comments due within 30 days of publication. OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Jul 15, 2019 Jkt 247001 48 96 96 6,000 120 Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: OIRA_ SUBMISSION@OMB.EOP.GOV. Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration for Children and Families. Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by emailing OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. Alternatively, copies can also be obtained 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. All requests, emailed or written, should be identified by the title of the information collection. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description: The State TANF Case Studies project will involve several phases including: (1) Identifying innovative programs through a scan of the field and engagement with stakeholders; (2) visiting up to 12 selected programs to collect detailed information and produce comprehensive case studies of these programs to enhance policymakers’ and other stakeholders’ understanding of promising programs helping lowincome individuals to succeed in the labor force; and (3) gathering information through telephone interviews to produce up to 20 shorter case studies. The proposed information collection activities are: (1) Semi- PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 structured interviews with program and partner administrators and frontline staff; (2) in-depth interviews with participants to better inform and enhance understanding of client experiences and perspectives; (3) a guided case review with frontline staff to capture information about client characteristics as well as intensity, frequency, duration, and sequencing of services; and (4) an observation of program services, such as case management sessions, intakes and referrals, services delivered in a classroom setting, and work sites. The study will take place over a three year period. Respondents: Respondents include program administrators, frontline program staff, and program participants. Program administrators include staff who administer and supervise the case study program under review, TANF and employment and training programs; child care and other wraparound supports; and other workforce programs and partners such as community colleges, adult basic education providers, and employers; and state decision makers, as appropriate. Frontline program staff include intake workers, case managers, job developers, and other direct service providers who work at TANF agencies and American Job Centers, employment and training providers such as community colleges, and providers of wraparound supports, such as child care subsidy frontline staff. TANF and other low-income program participants will also be respondents. All participants will be able to opt out of participating in the data collection activities. E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Submission for OMB Review; Behavioral Interventions To Advance 
Self-Sufficiency Next Generation (BIAS-NG) (0970-0502)

AGENCY: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation; Administration 
for Children and Families; HHS.

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: 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 to modify the previously approved pilot generic 
clearance (0970-0502) 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. Interventions have been and will 
continue to be developed in the program area domains of Temporary 
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and child welfare, and this 
revision would also allow for collection of data in the Early Head 
Start/Head Start program area. These interventions are intended to 
improve outcomes for participants in these programs.

DATES: Comments due within 30 days of publication. OMB is required to 
make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 
60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. 
Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB 
receives it within 30 days of publication.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office 
of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: 
[email protected]. Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration 
for Children and Families.
    Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by emailing 
[email protected]. Alternatively, copies can also be 
obtained 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. All 
requests, emailed or written, should be identified by the title of the 
information collection.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Correction

    This is a republication of Federal Register 2019-13701; 84 FR 30718 
to ensure the correct materials are available for public comment on 
RegInfo.gov.
    Description: OPRE is conducting the Behavioral Interventions to 
Advance Self-Sufficiency Next Generation (BIAS-NG) project. This 
project uses behavioral insights to design and test interventions 
intended to improve the efficiency, operations, and efficacy of human 
services programs. The BIAS-NG project is applying and testing 
behavioral insights to ACF programs including TANF and Child Welfare, 
and intends to expand these efforts to Early Head Start/Head Start. 
This notice is a revision to a previously approved collection, which 
included data collection to design and test interventions in the TANF 
and Child Welfare domains. Under the approved pilot generic clearance, 
OPRE plans to work with approximately six sites, and will conduct one 
or more tests per site, for a total of approximately 9 tests of 
behavioral interventions. At least one of these sites will be in the 
newly added program area of Head Start/Early Head Start. The design and 
testing of BIAS-NG interventions is rapid and, to the extent possible, 
iterative. Each specific intervention is designed in consultation with 
agency leaders and launched as quickly as possible. 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 more quickly iterate and adjust 
the intervention design, informing subsequent tests. Due to the rapid 
and iterative nature of this work, OPRE sought and received generic 
clearance to conduct this research. Following standard OMB requirements 
for generic clearances, once instruments requiring burden are tailored 
to a specific site and the site's intervention, OPRE submits an 
individual generic information collection request under this umbrella 
clearance. Each request includes 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 includes up to two 
submissions: One submission for the formative stage research and 
another submission for any further data collection requiring burden 
during the testing phase. The type of information to be collected and 
the uses of the information is described in the supporting statements, 
found here: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=201707-0970-005.
    This Notice is specific to expanding the program area domains to 
include Early Head Start/Head Start, in addition to the previously 
approved domains of Child Welfare and TANF.
    Respondents: (1) Program Administrators, (2) Program Staff and (3) 
Program Clients.

                                             Total Burden Estimates
                                            [TANF, CW, Third Domain]
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                                    Previously     Total number
                                     approved     of respondents     Number of    Average burden   Total burden
           Instrument               respondents   (TANF, CW, EHS/  responses per     hours per    hours with 3rd
                                  for TANF  & CW        HS)         respondent       response         domain
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                                              Diagnosis and Design
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Administrator interviews/focus                24              48               1               1              48
 groups.........................
Staff interviews/focus groups...              48             378               1               1             378

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Client interviews/focus groups..              48             348               1               1             348
Client survey...................             600             840               1             .25             210
Staff Survey....................             120             144               1             .25              36
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                                                   Evaluation
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Administrator interviews/focus                48              96               1               1              96
 groups.........................
Staff interviews/focus groups...              96             756               1               1             756
Client interviews/focus groups..              96             696               1               1             696
Client survey...................           6,000          10,800               1             .25           2,700
Staff Survey....................             120             600               1             .25             150
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    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 5,418.

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1310.

Mary B. Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-15082 Filed 7-15-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4184-07-P