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Evaluation of the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP): Interim Report

Abt Global


May 1, 2018

This report presents the interim results of Abt Global’s qualitative evaluation of participants’ experiences with the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP). IAP is a collaboration between the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Services (CMCS) within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and provides targeted support and resources to state Medicaid programs and their partners to support states’ ongoing efforts in payment and delivery system reform.

The IAP targeted support along the four domains of the Kirkpatrick evaluation framework:

  • Reaction (is the targeted support engaging and relevant?);
  • Learning (do participants acquire intended knowledge and skills?);
  • Response (how do participants apply what they’ve learned?); and
  • Results (what outcomes result from participation?).

Data are gathered through observation of group learning events and through interviews and focus groups with program participants and coaches. This interim report encompasses our findings from the four IAP priority program areas and one track in one functional area that were actively engaged with states at different times from the IAP’s inception in 2014 through mid-July 2017.

Future reports will include findings from additional program and functional areas as they are implemented and evaluation data are collected and analyzed.