Category Archives: Children and Families

Trump Administration’s First Work-based Medicaid Waiver May Produce Little New Evidence

A new waiver policy intended to promote work by Medicaid recipients drew substantial criticism when it was announced by the Trump administration earlier this week. But will it generate any valuable new evidence of what works? It is too early to … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Families, Health

House Committees Explore Possible Welfare Changes

Despite a weekend retreat between President Trump and GOP congressional leaders that seemingly put partisan welfare changes on the backburner, several House leaders are looking at ways to push forward anyway. According to Reuters: House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, … Continue reading

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Trump Administration’s Plan B for Evidence-based Welfare Reform? Medicaid Waivers

Just days after a weekend retreat at Camp David, where President Trump and the Republican congressional leadership agreed to set aside House Speaker Paul Ryan’s ideas for welfare reform, a Plan B appears to be emerging. The goal?  Encourage more … Continue reading

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Is a Bipartisan Evidence-based Welfare Bill Still Possible This Year?

Early news reports from a weekend retreat at Camp David between President Trump, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan suggest that a Ryan-backed plan to revamp the nation’s welfare laws along partisan lines is now dead. Little noticed … Continue reading

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Pay for Success, Child Welfare Evidence Provisions Unexpectedly Struck from End-of-Session Bill

Two sets of provisions widely supported by child welfare and evidence advocates have been struck from a pending bill affecting the National Institutes of Health, called “21st Century Cures.” According to Congressional Quarterly: Two bills related to foster care and … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Families, Social Impact Bonds / Pay for Success

Legislation Promoting Evidence-based Child Welfare Prevention Services Approaches Final Passage

Update (11/30/16): The Families First provisions have been unexpectedly dropped from the bill. SIRC’s original story follows below. Legislation that would fund evidence-based preventive mental health, substance abuse, or in-home parenting programs for children at risk of entering the child … Continue reading

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Woodson Meeting Signals Closer Trump Ties to Ryan on Poverty, Evidence

President-elect Trump today met with Robert Woodson, head of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and a close advisor to House Speaker Paul Ryan on poverty issues. Ryan has actively supported a Republican vision for addressing poverty as part of a … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Families, Evidence, Politics

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Findings Show Benefits, Challenges of Evidence-Based Programming

When the federal government started a new grants program in 2010 to finance and evaluate programs to reduce teen pregnancies, Hennepin County decided to give it a shot. The Minneapolis-area county already had a pilot project in two suburbs with … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Families, Evidence, Government Performance

P3 Waiver Authority Would Be Extended Under Senate Bill

Waiver authority under the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) program would be extended by up to five years by spending legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. According to language in the bill that covers the P3 program: (c) … Continue reading

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