Herbert Baum, Ph.D.
Herbert Baum, Ph.D., is a senior performance measurement specialist at Macro International Inc. He directs or works on a number of projects assisting federal and state agencies meet their reporting requirements under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and/or the Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART). Dr. Baum is the project director for a contract with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, US Department of Education, to assist them with the production of their GPRA and PART reporting documents. He is the team leader for working with the Personnel Development and the Technical Assistance and Dissemination Programs of the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), US Department of Education, on developing robust measures for their performance measurement objectives, gathering the data, and providing them with their annual measures. He is conducting similar work for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality with their Comparative Effectiveness and Value Portfolios. He has presented a series of Webinars to Federal executives on successfully completing a PART review and coauthored a white paper on that topic. With colleagues he developed a six-step approach to performance management, which is one aspect of a proprietary suite of tools developed by Macro. At the State level he works with the Maryland and Massachusetts Department of Education to provide the federal government with data on the parent involvement measures required by OSEP.
In addition to his current focus on performance measurement, Dr. Baum has almost 30 years of experience designing and implementing national and regional surveys where he developed measures of effectiveness, impact, incidence, and prevalence. His training in public health has been applied to the fields of food safety, injury prevention, oncology, neurological disorders (specifically stroke and multiple sclerosis), and speech-language pathology, and audiology. His work has been published in numerous refereed scientific journals, he has received the NIH Director’s Award for innovative approaches to survey research, and he has been listed in various editions of Who’s Who. In addition to his work in performance measurement he currently is establishing best/promising practices in responsible fatherhood education.