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Appendix C. Tables

Evaluation of AHRQ's Children's Health Activities

Table 1. Excluded External Research Activities

Source# of Activities ExcludedReasons
New Starts Database1Activity not substantially related to children's health
Conference and Workshops Links0 
SCHIP0 
IT Page0 
CHIRI™2Activity not funded by AHRQ
GOLD, child subcategory1Activity not substantially related to children's health
GOLD, abstract28Activity not substantially related to children's health (13); Activities related to fertility (1); Activities only tangentially related to children' health (11); Activity focuses on parents' health but no direct study of impact on children's health
AMIS24Activities not substantially related to children's health (18); Activities only tangentially related to children's health (6)

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Table 2. Interview Topics by Primary Objective

Interview TopicPrimary Objective 2Primary Objective 3Primary Objective 4
Describe impact of case activityX  
Which processes were important in bringing about this impactX X
How AHRQ's involvement brought about this impact including staff activities related to partnership, implementation, disseminationXXX
Structure and organization of AHRQ and how that structure and organization interfaces with children's health care issuesXX 
Interaction/partnership with AHRQ  X

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Table 3. Number of External Child Health Activities by First Year of Funding

YearNumber of External Activities
199013
199111
199220
199320
199414
19958
199619
199713
199822
199961
200074
200150
200271
200336
200448
200534
Totals514

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Table 4. Total and Average Number of External Child Health Activities by Time Period According to First Year of Funding

First Year of FundingNumber of External ActivitiesAverage Number of External Activities
1990-19958614.3
1996-19985418.0
1999-200225664.0
2003-200511839.3
Totals514 

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Table 5. Funding for External Child Health Activities by Time Period

YearTotal Child Health Funding
1990-1995$42,096,000
1996-1998$36,701,000
1999-2002$208,428,000
2003-2005$65,415,000
Totals$352,639,000

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Table 6.Total and Average Number of Child Health Publications by Initial Funding Year

Initial Funding YearNumber of PublicationsAverage Number of Publications per Activity
1996543.6
1997252.1
1998533.1
19992454.4
20002093.4
2001681.7
2002871.5
Totals7412.9

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Table 7. AHRQ Strategic Goals

Strategic Plan GoalsBudget Justification GoalsAHRQ Strategic Goals
Supporting improvement in health outcomes 1. Improve health outcomes
Identifying strategies to improve access, foster appropriate use, and reduce unnecessary expendituresEfficiency—Achieve wider access to effective health care services and reduce health care costs.2. Improve access, appropriate use and efficiency and reduce costs
 Effectiveness—Assure that providers and consumers/patients use beneficial and timely health care information to make informed decisions/choices.3. Use data to make informed decisions
Strengthening quality measurement and improvement 4. Strengthen quality measurement and improvement
 Safety/Quality—Reduce the risk of harm from health care services by promoting the delivery of appropriate care that achieves the best quality outcome.5. Promote safety
 Organizational Excellence—Develop efficient and responsive business processes. 

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Table 8. Number and Percent of External Child Health Activities by AHRQ Strategic Goals, Overall and Over Time

AHRQ Strategic GoalsNumber of External ActivitiesPercent of External ActivitiesCategories by Years
1990-1995
(n=86)
1996-1998
(n=54)
1999-2002
(n=256)
2003-2005
(n=118)
1. Improve health outcomes26952%63%54%55%38%
2. Improve access, appropriate use and efficiency and reduce costs13125%37%44%23%13%
3. Use data to make informed decisions5010%----5%31%
4. Strengthen quality measurement and improvement82%----3%1%
5. Promote safety5611%--2%13%18%
Total514100%100%100%100%100%

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Table 9. Total and Percent of Funding for External Child Health Activities by AHRQ Strategic Goals

AHRQ Strategic GoalsTotal FundingPercent of Total Funding
1. Improve health outcomes$142,235,00040%
2. Improve access, appropriate use and efficiency and reduce costs$75,814,00021%
3. Use data to make informed decisions$46,779,00013%
4. Strengthen quality measurement and improvement$4,097,0001%
5. Promote safety$83,715,00024%
Total$352,639,000100%

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Table 10. Number and Percent of Publications by AHRQ Strategic Goals

AHRQ Strategic GoalsNumber of PublicationsPercent of Publications
1. Improve health outcomes39854%
2. Improve access, appropriate use and efficiency and reduce costs22731%
3. Use data to make informed decisions253%
4. Strengthen quality measurement and improvement162%
5. Promote safety7510%
Total741100%

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Table 11. Number and Percent of External Activities by Children's Health Strategic Plan Goals, Overall and Over Time

Children's Health Strategic Plan GoalsNumber of External ActivitiesPercent of External ActivitiesCategories by Years
1990-1995
(n=86)
1996-1998
(n=54)
1999-2002
(n=256)
2003-2005
(n=118)
1. Contribute to new knowledge about child health services31161%72%69%62%45%
2. Create tools and nourish talent to strengthen the knowledge base in child health services12725%15%19%20%44%
3. Translate new knowledge into practice316%5%9%7%3%
4. Improve communication with stakeholders in child health.a------------
5. Include children and child health care in all AHRQ-supported research.b41%----<1%3%
6. Balance the AHRQ research portfolio to represent a broader range of children and child health care418%8%4%10%6%
Total514100%100%100%100%100%

a. AHRQ funded a number of conferences and workshops to bring stakeholder together, but these activities were categorized according to their topical area.
b. Many of the external activities could be categorized as including children and child health care in all AHRQ-supported research, but these activities were categorized according to their subject matter.

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Table 12. Total and Percent of Funding for External Child Health Activities by Children's Health Strategic Plan Goals

Children's Health Strategic Plan GoalsTotal FundingPercent of Total Funding
1. Contribute to new knowledge about child health services$195,233,00055%
2. Create tools and nourish talent to strengthen the knowledge base in child health services$98,189,00028%
3. Translate new knowledge into practice$26,630,0008%
4. Improve communication with stakeholders in child health-------------- 
5. Include children and child health care in all AHRQ-supported research.$1,205,000<1%
6. Balance the AHRQ research portfolio to represent a broader range of children and child health care$31,382,0009%
Total$282,691,041100%

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Current as of October 2006
Internet Citation: Appendix C. Tables: Evaluation of AHRQ's Children's Health Activities. October 2006. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/childhealth/childhealthapc.html