Office of Performance Evaluations

About Us

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Rakesh Mohan
Director
 
 
 
Lauren Bailey
Senior Evaluator

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Amanda Bartlett
Principal Evaluator
 
Liz Demer
Evaluator

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Ryan Langrill
Principal Evaluator

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Mackenzie Moss
Evaluator

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Sasha O’Connell
Senior Evaluator

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Casey Petti
Senior Evaluator

American Evaluation Association (AEA)

 

Award ribbon Year Award Qualifications News Release
2016 Outstanding Evaluation High quality work, use and influence of the report, office’s continued influence in the evaluation community October 21, 2016
2011 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Evaluation Work is highly influential in government context September 29, 2011

American Society for Public Administration

 

Award ribbon 2016 Donald C. and Alice M. Stone Outstanding Practitioner Outstanding professional contributions in government management

National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES)

 

Excellence in Evaluation
2006 Best advancing the field of legislative program evaluation from 2002 through 2005

 

  Excellence in Research Methods
  2012 Equity in Higher Education Funding
  2010 Public Education Funding in Idaho

 

  Notable Document Award
  2022  Volunteer Providers of Emergency Medical Services

 

  Impact
  2022 State Response to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  2020 Southwest Idaho Treatment Center
  2019 Residential Care
  2018 Child Welfare System
  2017 Idaho’s Instructional Management System (Schoolnet) Offers Lessons for Future IT Projects
  2016 Confinement of Juvenile Offenders
  2015 State Employee Compensation and Turnover
  2014 Reducing Barriers to Postsecondary Education
  2013 Coordination and Delivery of Senior Services
  2012 Idaho’s End-Stage Renal Disease Program
  2011 Increasing Efficiencies in Idaho’s Parole Process
  2010 Idaho Transportation Department Performance Audit
  2009 Governance of Information Technology and Public Safety Communications
  2008 Management in the Department of Health and Welfare
  2007 State Substance Abuse Treatment Efforts
  2006 Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement
  2005 Fiscal Accountability of Pupil Transportation
  2004 Return of Unused Medications from Assisted Living Facilities
  2003 Improvements in Data Management Needed at the Commission of Pardons and Parole
  2000 State Board of Pharmacy’s Regulation of Prescription Controlled Substances

Purview

Per statute, evaluations may be conducted of any agency or program that receives state funds.

State government Local government
Boards Cities
Commissions Counties
Departments Districts
Offices Other political subdivisions that have the authority to levy, collect, and spend tax dollars
Institutions

 

Developing a request

Requests for evaluation must be submitted to the Oversight Committee through a legislator. The Oversight Committee reviews all requests for evaluation. Requests may include background information on the issues of concern. Any member or the full committee may request that our office prepares general background information for full committee consideration of a requested evaluation. A strong evaluation request is timely and addresses a broad audience. See examples of prompts that can strengthen a request under Requesting an Evaluation.

 

Selecting evaluation topics

Using background information and information cited in the request, the Oversight Committee decides which requests will be conducted. The number of assigned evaluations are made according to resources within our office. Topic selection typically occurs toward the end of each legislative session, but requests may be submitted at any time during the year.

 

Conducting evaluations

After the Oversight Committee assigns our office an evaluation, we conduct the evaluation without involvement from the committee. We may interview agency personnel and stakeholders, analyze financial and budgetary data, conduct surveys, and review procedures, processes, and applicable standards. Before the release of the evaluation report, all materials obtained or created as a result of our evaluation are confidential (Idaho Code § 67-461).

 

Releasing evaluations

When the evaluation is complete, OPE staff prepare a written report with findings and recommendations. The final report is published with responses, if any, from the evaluated state agencies and the Governor. In a public meeting, the Oversight Committee receives the report, makes decisions about the appropriate steps to implement recommendations, and may forward the report to other legislative committees for consideration of policy. After the report is released, all workpapers compiled to document the evaluation’s conclusions and recommendations, except those that are otherwise confidential under Idaho law, become subject to disclosure.

Three evaluation standards guide our work:
Logo of the Government Auditing Standards Government Auditing Standards (issued by the US Comptroller General)
AEA Logo Guiding Principles for Evaluators (issued by the American Evaluation Association)
Front cover of the Program Evaluation Standards book Program Evaluation Standards (issued by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation)