FEI SUCCESS STORIES
SAMHSA PERFORMANCE ACCOUNTABILITY AND REPORTING SYSTEM (SPARS)
As a subcontractor to RTI International, FEI is developing a new SAMHSA Performance Accountability and Reporting System (SPARS). It replaced and consolidated three parallel legacy systems for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). SPARS provides a single online data entry, reporting, and training/technical assistance request system for all three Centers. SPARS allows SAMHSA to efficiently conduct grant performance monitoring, program planning, and policy decisions.
The SPARS Team developed, integrated, and released the SPARS Application within 7 months of contract kickoff, a very aggressive timeline. We consolidated the three data collection applications, built a new SPARS Portal website, and integrated all applications under single sign-on.
The SPARS Team built a new CSAP application, migrated data from the legacy system, and did so without documentation or technical support. The SPARS Team added Minority Aids Initiative (MAI) Participant-level data and Division of State Programs (DSP) grants to the SPARS CSAP platform. The DSP programs included two new high-profile grants supporting the opioid abuse crisis.
The SPARS Team delivered the implementation of the two new grants by September 2017, exceeding the previous release in terms of amount of application development despite having less time to deliver.