Setting Priorities

Evaluation of the National Priorities Partnership 


In 2011, NQF subcontracted with an independent third-party evaluator, SPEC Associates, to assess the initial impact of the National Priorities Partnership (NPP). NPP’s work to date has included consultative support to the Department of Health and Human Services on national priorities and goals, as well as leadership in catalyzing action and public- and private- sector alignment around the National Quality Strategy.  

The evaluation’s research questions focused on the following:

  • NPP’s initial development of national priorities and goals
  • The broader healthcare community’s awareness and adoption of national priorities and goals 
  • An exploration of the preliminary impact of national priorities and goals on systems change

To prepare for data collection and analysis, SPEC Associates worked in concert with an Evaluation Advisory Panel to devise a theoretical framework and overarching evaluation questions. Five case studies were undertaken to provide descriptive, contextual, and on-the-ground insight on how these organizations used NPP’s earlier priority setting efforts to guide or amplify their work advancing national priorities: 

This work was supported by a contract from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Nadine Allen at 202-783-1300 or via e-mail at


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Evaluation of NPP Advisory Panel

JUNE 2, 2010 9:00 AM - JULY 1, 2010 6:00 PM

The Call for Nominations closed on July 1, 2010. An advisory panel was formed to provide feedback on the work of National Priorities Partnership, including uptake of the goals by the broader healthcare community.

For information on the Evaluation Advisory Panel formation process, please refer to the Call for Nomination document.

Call for Nominations (PDF) 




AUGUST 26, 2010  9:00 AM - SEPTEMBER 8, 2010  6:00 PM

The roster review period of the National Priorities Partnership (NPP) Evaluation Advisory Panel proposed roster closed on September 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm ET. Two additional members were added to the EAP based on comments received during the review period.

Advisory Panel Final Roster (PDF) |  Advisory Panel Bios (PDF)

Related Information

NPP Case Studies

Read more about the NPP Case Studies in the press release.