IMPAQ Your Week - October 31, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Project Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently awarded 20, two-year Special Innovation Projects (SIPs) to 12 regional Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs). Topic areas for of the “Interventions that are Ready for Spread and Scalability” SIP were identified through consultation with the Strategic Innovation Engine (SIE), an endeavor to advance CMS’ six quality goals by rapidly moving innovative, evidence-based quality practices from research to implementation throughout the QIN-QIO program. IMPAQ is currently working to identify, evaluate, and spread high value, high impact innovative practices to help CMS achieve better overall care, smarter spending, and healthier people. 

Presentations & Publications 

Staff from our Labor & Human Services and Health Divisions are presenting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver, CO through Wednesday of this week. Visit the events page of our website for the complete list of presentations.

IMPAQ Health and Labor & Human Services staff are also presenting at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC this Thursday through Saturday. In addition to our presentations, IMPAQ is a Platinum Sponsor and an exhibitor. Visit our website event page to learn more.

On October 20, IMPAQ attended the invitation-only USAID Africa Evaluation Summit Marketplace in Silver Spring, MD. We were invited to meet and present to USAID Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists from throughout the continent including representatives from Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and other African countries. We showcased our innovative Technology Solutions capabilities and proven Survey Research qualifications for international data collection efforts. Our team also interacted with USAID staff from the Washington DC-based Africa Bureau and the Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau. Kudos to Tamas Karpati, Shannon Howard, and Eric Lundgren for doing an excellent job.

Good News @ IMPAQ

IMPAQ recently announced the launch of our new Technology & Advanced Analytics Division to enable data-driven decision making for public policy makers and program managers in the areas of health, labor, human services, education, and international development. The advanced analytics capabilities will be used to improve government efficiency, predict outcomes, identify cost-saving opportunities, and evaluate policy decisions and government programs. The new Division is led by Martha Kelly, Senior Vice President, Technology & Advanced Analytics. Learn more about the division on our website press release page.

Upcoming Conferences

Mousumi Sarkar to present at the International Conference on Questionnaire Design, Development, Evaluation, and Testing (QDET2), November 9-13, Miami, FL.

IMPAQ to present at the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting and sponsor GSA’s Gerontologists Giving Back Service Event, November 16-20, New Orleans, LA.

IMPAQ to recruit and host an invitation-only reception at the American Economic Association (AEA) Annual Meeting, January 6-8, Chicago, IL.

IMPAQ to exhibit the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference, January 30-31, Washington, DC.