Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation

The Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation (OPAE) provides policy analysis, data synthesis, organizational planning, external engagements, research, and evaluation. OPAE helps HRSA’s bureaus and offices to improve program performance and effectiveness.

OPAE collaborates across all of HRSA’s divisions, bureaus, and offices, as well as with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal and external stakeholders. OPAE aims to foster communication, promote innovation, solicit input, coordinate efforts, build partnerships, and identify opportunities for cross-agency initiatives.  

Core Functions

OPAE has five core function areas. They are:

  • Strategic Planning, Performance/Quality Monitoring, and Reporting
  • Policy Analysis
  • Research and Evaluation
  • External Engagement
  • Coordinating Cross Cutting Initiatives

Strategic Planning, Performance/Quality Monitoring and Reporting

OPAE reports on program performance to meet HHS, Office of Management and Budget, and GPRA Modernization Act requirements. In addition OPAE coordinates the strategic planning process and performance assessments for HRSA, supports the implementation of the National Quality Strategy, and facilitates components of HRSA’s internal performance management process. Work in this area includes consulting across HRSA on performance and quality measure development and alignment.

Policy Analysis

OPAE analyses legislation, budget proposes, regulatory actions, and government programs and policies to assess their impact on safety net populations, providers, and health care systems. OPAE also supports HRSA staff and grantees to understand health policy developments including health care system and financing issues, as well as HRSA programs.

Research and Evaluation

OPAE conducts internal evaluation and research studies, coordinates HRSA’s data collection efforts, and consults with HRSA offices and bureaus on their evaluation and research activities. OPAE protects the privacy and safety of human subjects regarding data collection activities. OPAE also collaborates with HRSA programs to build agency data infrastructure and address external information requests.

External Engagement

OPAE coordinates HRSA’s programmatic interactions with HHS agencies, other federal agencies, state and local governments and legislatures, and national organizations representing state and local officials. This includes contact between HRSA and the Regional Commissions. In addition, OPAE manages and coordinates study engagements with the Government Accountability Office and the HHS Office of the Inspector General Office of Evaluation and Inspection.

Coordinating Cross-Cutting Initiatives 

OPAE provides agency-wide leadership on the implementation of cross-agency initiatives, Departmental priorities, and emerging issues by fostering communication and collaboration, building partnerships, and providing technical assistance to help HRSA programs respond to emerging issues.



OPAE is divided into five offices:

  • Office of the Director (OD)
  • Office of External Engagement (OEE)
  • Office of Policy Analysis (OPA)
  • Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE)
  • Office of Performance and Quality measurement (OPQM)
  • Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI)

Office of the Director

OD provides agency-wide leadership on policy analyses for the HRSA administrator and senior leadership in support of the agency’s goals and strategic direction. OD also has agency-wide responsibility and initiatives, including coordinating HRSA’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) activities.

Office of External Engagement

OEE facilitates HRSA’s interactions with intergovernmental agencies, major stakeholders, and interest groups. OEE also serves as the primary liaison to the HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, the Government Accountability Office, the HHS Office of the Inspector General, and the HHS Office of Evaluation and Inspection. In addition, OEE coordinates cross-agency activities that emphasize strengthening connections between programs and encouraging internal and external collaborations.

Office of Policy Analysis

OPA serves as the principal resource for cross-agency policy analysis of importance to the HRSA administrator. OPA identifies policy issues and opportunities of significance to HRSA populations and programs. OPA also collaborates with bureaus and offices to develop solutions to support the viability and performance of health care providers in safety net communities.

Office of Research and Evaluation

ORE conducts internal evaluation and research studies of HRSA public health programs to inform agency, program and policy level decision-making. In addition, ORE provides consultation, technical assistance and review services to HRSA offices and bureaus regarding their evaluation and research protocols, tools and activities. ORE also manages the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance process for all relevant HRSA program data collection activities, coordinates agency-wide Healthy People 2020 activities.

Office of Performance and Quality Measurement

OPQM serves as the principal HRSA resource for facilitating the use of performance/quality measurement, monitoring, analysis, and reporting. OPQM aids the improvement, accountability, and transparency of HRSA programs and activities. OPQM’s responsibilities include ensuring budget and performance integration, compliance with GPRA Modernization Act requirements, implementation of the National Quality Strategy, documentation of strategic plan-related and other organizational accomplishments, technical assistance to HRSA bureaus and offices, and collaboration with other HHS agencies to promote improvements in the availability of performance/quality information.

Office of Strategic Initiatives 

OSI provides HRSA-wide leadership on the implementation of cross-agency initiatives, Departmental priorities, and emerging issues. In partnership with HRSA leadership, OSI identifies priority areas and implements a cross-agency strategy to maximize and streamline HRSA’s response and ultimately move the needle on emerging public health issues impacting the safety net.

Last Reviewed: March 2016