Sunday, March 6, 2011

ACF's "Project LAUNCH"

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within HHS is collecting data as part of a cross-site evaluation for a new initiative called “Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health” or referred to as Project LAUNCH. The purpose for the project is to promote the healthy development and wellness of children ages birth to eight years.

The new initiative’s goals with a total of 24 project grantees would improve coordination among child-serving systems, build infrastructure, and improve methods for providing services. Grantees would also implement a range of public health strategies to support young child wellness in designated localities.

Data for the project would need to be collected through interviews, visiting grantee sites, and via semi-annual reports submitted electronically on a web-based data-entry system. Information is needed concerning infrastructure development, collaborative efforts among partner agencies, and strategies provided by organizations and service providers. The electronic data reports would also collect data about training, change activities, and changes in provider settings.

ACF is seeking comments on the specific aspects on collecting all of the information. The Department is specifically interested in whether the proposed collection of information is necessary or practical, the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and ways to minimize the burden for collecting the information including using automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

For more information, go to Comments are due by April 7, 2011 and can be emailed to