Proposed Information Collection Activity; Pre-Testing of Evaluation Data Collection Activities, 27624 [2021-10731]

Download as PDF 27624 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 97 / Friday, May 21, 2021 / Notices information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [OMB #0970–0355] Proposed Information Collection Activity; Pre-Testing of Evaluation Data Collection Activities Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, HHS. ACTION: Request for public comment. AGENCY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) proposes to extend the existing overarching generic clearance for Pre-testing of Evaluation Data Collection Activities (Office of Management and Budget (OMB) #0970–0355) with no changes. 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. SUMMARY: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular ADDRESSES: Description: The ACF Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to request approval from OMB to renew a generic clearance to pre-test data collection instruments with more than nine participants to identify and resolve any question or procedural problems in survey administration. OPRE studies ACF programs, and the populations they serve, through rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families, research syntheses, and descriptive and exploratory studies. To improve the development of its research and evaluation surveys, OPRE uses the pretesting of evaluation surveys generic clearance to employ a variety of techniques including cognitive and usability laboratory and field techniques, behavior coding, exploratory interviews, respondent debriefing questionnaires, split sample experiments, focus groups, and pilot studies/pre-tests. These activities allow OPRE to identify if and when a survey may be simplified for respondents, Instrument Estimated total number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Annual burden hours 3,825 1 1 3,825 Survey development field tests, respondent debriefing questionnaires, cognitive interviews, split sample experiments, focus groups ........................... Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,825. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Authority: Social Security Act, Sec. 1110 [42 U.S.C. 1310]. Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. Administration for Children and Families [OMB #0970–0462] [FR Doc. 2021–10731 Filed 5–20–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–79–P Submission for OMB Review; National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, HHS. ACTION: Request for public comment. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program provides healthcare occupational training for Temporary Assistance for SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:15 May 20, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 respondent burden may be reduced, and other possible improvements. Following standard OMB requirements, OPRE will submit a change request for each individual data collection activity under this generic clearance. Each request will include the individual instrument(s), a justification specific to the individual information collection, and any supplementary documents. OMB should review within 10 days of receiving each change request. The information collected in this effort will not be the primary subject of any published ACF reports; however, information may be made public through methodological appendices or footnotes, reports on instrument development, instrument user guides, descriptions of respondent behavior, and other publications or presentations describing findings of methodological interest. When necessary, results will be labeled as exploratory in nature. The results of this pre-testing research may be prepared for presentation at professional meetings or publication in professional journals. Respondents: Participants in ACF programs being evaluated; participants in ACF demonstrations; recipients of ACF grants and individuals served by ACF grantees; comparison group members; and other relevant populations, such as individuals at risk of needing ACF services. Annual Burden Estimates: Sfmt 4703 Needy Families recipients and other low-income people. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved various data collection activities for the National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of HPOG (HPOG 2.0 National and Tribal Evaluation) under OMB #0970–0462. Due to the profound effects the COVID– 19 pandemic has had on the U.S. economy, on families nationwide and on HPOG 2.0 programs, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) is considering surveying study participants who applied to the HPOG Program after the onset of the pandemic. This notice provides a summary for public review and comment of the use and burden associated with a new information collection for this ‘‘COVID Cohort’’ Survey. E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families

[OMB #0970-0355]


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Pre-Testing of 
Evaluation Data Collection Activities

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

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) proposes to 
extend the existing overarching generic clearance for Pre-testing of 
Evaluation Data Collection Activities (Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) #0970-0355) with no changes.

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 within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Description: The ACF Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation 
(OPRE), at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
intends to request approval from OMB to renew a generic clearance to 
pre-test data collection instruments with more than nine participants 
to identify and resolve any question or procedural problems in survey 
administration.
    OPRE studies ACF programs, and the populations they serve, through 
rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of 
existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low-
income children and families, research syntheses, and descriptive and 
exploratory studies. To improve the development of its research and 
evaluation surveys, OPRE uses the pre-testing of evaluation surveys 
generic clearance to employ a variety of techniques including cognitive 
and usability laboratory and field techniques, behavior coding, 
exploratory interviews, respondent debriefing questionnaires, split 
sample experiments, focus groups, and pilot studies/pre-tests. These 
activities allow OPRE to identify if and when a survey may be 
simplified for respondents, respondent burden may be reduced, and other 
possible improvements.
    Following standard OMB requirements, OPRE will submit a change 
request for each individual data collection activity under this generic 
clearance. Each request will include the individual instrument(s), a 
justification specific to the individual information collection, and 
any supplementary documents. OMB should review within 10 days of 
receiving each change request.
    The information collected in this effort will not be the primary 
subject of any published ACF reports; however, information may be made 
public through methodological appendices or footnotes, reports on 
instrument development, instrument user guides, descriptions of 
respondent behavior, and other publications or presentations describing 
findings of methodological interest. When necessary, results will be 
labeled as exploratory in nature. The results of this pre-testing 
research may be prepared for presentation at professional meetings or 
publication in professional journals.
    Respondents: Participants in ACF programs being evaluated; 
participants in ACF demonstrations; recipients of ACF grants and 
individuals served by ACF grantees; comparison group members; and other 
relevant populations, such as individuals at risk of needing ACF 
services.
    Annual Burden Estimates:

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                                              Estimated total     Number of      Average burden
                 Instrument                      number of      responses per      hours per      Annual burden
                                                respondents       respondent        response          hours
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Survey development field tests, respondent             3,825                1                1            3,825
 debriefing questionnaires, cognitive
 interviews, split sample experiments, focus
 groups.....................................
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,825.

    Authority: Social Security Act, Sec. 1110 [42 U.S.C. 1310].

Mary B. Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021-10731 Filed 5-20-21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-79-P