7.5.4

Quality

7.5.5

Costs of collecting new data or processing existing data

7.5.6

Susceptibility to “gaming” by recipients

7.6

Combining data sources to produce model-based estimates

7.7

Updating estimates

8.

Operational considerations

 

8.1

Steps in developing a new formula

 

8.1.1

Identify program objectives

8.1.2

Decide which components to include

8.1.3

Decide which variables to use for each component

8.1.4

Decide on data sources and methods of estimation

8.1.5

Decide on special features, if any, to include in the allocation process

8.1.6

Use simulation techniques to evaluate alternative formulas and processes

8.2

Quality assurance procedures for annual allocations

 

8.2.1

Replication

8.2.2

Analysis of change from prior years

8.3

Evaluating an existing formula

 

8.3.1

The use of simulation techniques

8.3.2

Exploratory data analysis

9.

Additional sources of information

 

9.1

General sources

 

9.1.1

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

9.1.2

Formula Report to the Congress (discontinued)

9.1.3

Federal Funds Information for States

9.2

Program-specific sources

 

9.2.1

Legislation and regulations

9.2.2

Agency web sites and documentation

9.2.3

Research reports



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