Category Archives: Children and Families

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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Evidence-based Prevention Services to Receive Boost in Pending Child Welfare Legislation

On June 10, the House and Senate released the text of a bipartisan, bicameral child welfare reform bill that would substantially increase funding for evidence-based prevention services. The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to take up the legislation … Continue reading

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Performance Partnership Pilots: An Early Look

The Social Innovation Research Center has today released a report examining the early progress of the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) program. First authorized by Congress in January 2014, P3 allows projects that are focused on youth to align and better … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Families, Education, Government Performance, Workforce Issues

Building Performance Systems in Child Welfare

The Social Innovation Research Center has today released a new report: Building Performance Systems in Child Welfare Lessons from Performance-based Contracting, Performance Management, and the Emergence of Social Impact Bonds (February 8, 2016) The executive summary is below. Executive Summary … Continue reading

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Pending Child Welfare Legislation Would Boost Funding for Evidence-based Services

Child welfare services that are evidence-based may see a significant jump in financial support under legislation that is being drafted by the Senate Finance Committee. A bipartisan bill that is now being assembled by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron … Continue reading

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