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Government Innovations in Human Services

February 9, 2018
GPL Convening 2018More than 45 government leaders from 20 GPL government partners gathered in Cambridge for the Government Innovations in Human Services convening on February 7th and 8th.  Agency commissioners and staff participated in a hands-on Active Contract Management simulation, shared experiences in using data to transform agency culture, and discussed a case study on agency turnaround with Professor Jeffrey Liebman and Jamia McDonald, former Chief Strategy Officer of Rhode Island's Executive Office of Health and Human Services. 
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The GPL Seeks Fellows and Summer Interns

January 1, 2018
The Government Performance Lab is accepting applications for our Fellowship and Summer Internship. Fellows serve as the primary advisors to state and local governments receiving our technical assistance. Summer interns will join existing teams to help support ongoing projects in state and local governments. Apply here.
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GPL Awards Technical Assistance to Colorado

November 21, 2017

The GPL announced that it will award technical assistance to Colorado, a finalist in the GPL's national competition for TA. The GPL will work with the Office of the Colorado Lieutenant Governor & Chief Operating Officer on improving the results of the state's core human services spending. Read more.

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Alameda County Launches PFS Project to Reduce Recidivism

September 22, 2017
On September 22nd, Alameda County announced the Justice Restoration Pay for Success Project. The project will provide individualized coaching and intensive case management services to young adults on felony probation or who have been charged with certain felony crimes. The County aims to reduce recidivism by providing resources for these young adults to work towards successful outcomes. This project marks the 12th PFS project launched by a GPL government partner, out of 18 launched projects in the U.S.  Read more
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Massachusetts Launches Third PFS Project

June 15, 2017

On June 15th, Governor Charlie Baker announced the launch of the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Pay for Success project. The project will provide vocational English language services and employment assistance to approximately 2,000 adult English language learners in Greater Boston with the goal of assisting successful transitions to employment, higher wage jobs, and higher education. This marks the 11th PFS project launched by a GPL government partner, out of 17 launched PFS projects in the U.S. Read more

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Publications and Presentations

Results-Driven Contracting Solutions: How Cities are Improving the Outcomes of High-Priority Procurements

March 15, 2018
RDC Solutions BookThis collection of project features marks the culmination of the GPL's efforts to help more than 25 cities across the country implement results-driven contracting strategies during the first phase of Bloomberg Philanthropies'  What Works Cities initiative. The booklet describes the outcomes, lessons learned, and initial results of 17 of our What Works Cities projects in issue areas from public works to homelessness. These case studies demonstrate the significant progress that cities can make when they treat procurement as a strategic priority, take advantage of information technology to track vendor performance, and manage vendor relationships with a clear focus on outcomes during the course of the contract. Read more.

Helping Families Combat Substance Use: Connecticut Family Stability Project

March 8, 2018
Connecticut PFSThis GPL project feature describes the GPL’s work with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) on the Family Stability Pay for Success initiative, which expanded substance use and parenting services to families involved in the child welfare system. The GPL assisted the agency in improving its referral and enrollment processes, using data to better track family outcomes, and implementing a rigorous evaluation to measure program success. Read more.

Lessons Learned from the UK’s Troubled Families Programme

September 25, 2017

uk_tfp_image.pngThis GPL policy brief discusses lessons learned from the U.K.’s Troubled Families Programme (TFP), a national payment-by-results initiative aiming to improve outcomes for vulnerable families. TFP uses a whole-family approach to target families facing multiple issues, including with health, crime, unemployment, truancy, child welfare, and/or domestic violence. This brief draws on interviews and site visits with six local authorities who have used TFP to spur meaningful systems transformation in their local governments. Read more

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Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Releases Final Report

September 8, 2017
The federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking issued its final report on September 7th. The commissioners, including GPL’s Jeff Liebman, laid out a vision for how the federal government could generate more evidence about government programs while protecting privacy and enhancing data security.  Read more here and here.

Seattle Releases $30 Million RFP for Homeless Services

June 28, 2017
Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle Human Services Department announced a request for proposals (RFP) for $30 Million of funding for homelessness services, the first time the City of Seattle has competitively bid its homeless services contracts in more than a decade.The results-driven contracting model identified in the RFP was developed through the City’s collaboration with the GPL. ... Read more about Seattle Releases $30 Million RFP for Homeless Services
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