The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for federal programs that address the needs of vulnerable children and families throughout our society, including Native Americans, individuals with developmental disabilities, and refugees.
ACF programs aim to achieve the following: (1) families and individuals empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity; (2) strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children; (3) partnerships with front-line service providers, states, localities, and tribal communities, to identify and implement solutions that transcend traditional program boundaries; (4) services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve needed access; and (5) a strong commitment to working with vulnerable populations including people with developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants, to address their needs, strengths, and abilities. ACF’s performance mainly supports the objectives associated with HHS Strategic Goal 3: Advance the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of the American People, as well as three of the Secretary’s Priorities: Promote Early Childhood Health and Development, Implement the Recovery Act, and Ensure Program Integrity and Responsible Stewardship.
As required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, ACF has developed an annual performance plan covering each program activity. Performance goals and annual targets have been developed for each of the strategic goals and objectives.
Measuring whether ACF is accomplishing its annual performance goals and objectives is a critical element underpinning the ACF performance management system. This process begins with choosing realistic performance measures or indicators to assess progress; they will be included in the annual performance plan submitted with the President's budget request each year. These measures will be used to assess how well ACF had met its goals for the previous year. Specific performance targets identified in the annual performance plan will be used to project what incremental progress ACF hopes to make from year to year in achieving its strategic goals and objectives.
Point(s) of contact: Emily Ball Jabbour.