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Why EPA Uses Program Evaluations

Program evaluation is one tool that EPA uses to ensure that EPA's programs are run in an efficient and effective manner. Program evaluation can identify gaps in information and address where EPA's activities are having the greatest impact. Through evaluation, EPA can identify what is and is not working well in a program and use the results to make any needed improvements. This process will help EPA fulfill its ultimate mission of keeping the public healthy and the environment safe.

Also, all federal agencies are expected to use performance information to strengthen programs. The federal government has therefore pushed for a greater emphasis on evaluations to prove what is working and what is not. Program evaluations can help EPA meet these expectations and comply with federal policies such as those outlined by the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

EPA maintains information about program evaluation, including:

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