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    Post and Courier: Haley expands effort to save infants Nurse-Family Partnership helping poor moms in rural S.C. to get another $30M

    January 1, 2016
    Post and Courier: Haley expands effort to save infants Nurse-Family Partnership helping poor moms in rural S.C. to get another $30M
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    Rhode Island DCYF Outgoing Director on Overhauling an Agency in Crisis

    October 6, 2016

    Rhode Island's NPR station interviews Jamia McDonald, who led the turnaround at Rhode Island's Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). The GPL has been supporting the agency's reprocurement of services focused on reducing congregate care and increasing family stability and worked with the agency to develop a more robust contract provider performance management practices....

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    HKS Magazine: Performance Specialists - The GPL Is on a Mission to Make Government Work Better

    September 28, 2018

    The GPL was profiled in the Harvard Kennedy School alumni magazine. The piece describes how the GPL grew from a small team pioneering Pay for Success to an organization of 45 undertaking projects to improve core government operations. Read the complete feature here, and download the PDF...

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    Washington Post: A strikingly new approach to social problems

    February 16, 2016

    The launch of two GPL-assisted Pay for Success projects in South Carolina and Connecticut was featured in the Washington Post. The South Carolina project aims to improve maternal and prenatal health for low-income, first-time mothers, and the Connecticut project expands substance abuse and parenting support services for families involved in the child welfare system....

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    Providence Journal: Better Ways to Protect Children

    August 29, 2018

    "Sometimes the best cure for a difficult problem is a fresh set of eyes, and that appears to be what Rhode Island gained in a recent study of how the state can better protect children who are at risk of neglect, abuse, or even death." The GPL worked with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families and the Department of Health to create a plan for reducing child fatalities and near-fatalities due to neglect or maltreatment. Read more about how the GPL is shaping agency processes to better protect children...

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    Providence Journal: Plans Presented to Protect Well-being of Children in Rhode Island

    August 20, 2018

    “Just referring a family to services isn’t always enough. There need to be more intentional efforts to ensure that the families ultimately get connected with those agencies,” said Trista Piccola, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, & Families (DCYF). The GPL worked with DCYF and the Rhode Island Department of Health to create a plan for reducing child fatalities and near-fatalities due to neglect or maltreatment. Read more about our recommendations ...

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    Providence Journal: Rhode Island Holds Two-day Summit on Overhaul of Child Welfare Services

    November 17, 2015

    Nearly 200 people who work with Rhode Island's Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) came together to weigh in on how child welfare services should be purchased. The GPL had been assisting DCYF with implementing active contract management in its contracts with service providers. Read more about the summit here, and...

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    Providence Journal: Governor Raimondo Vows Major Overhaul of Department of Children, Youth, and Families

    July 30, 2015
    Saying she “inherited an agency in crisis...an extremely dysfunctional system,” Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo outlined a plan to radically reform the state’s troubled Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Her plan included receiving pro bono technical assistance from the Government Performance Lab. Read more about her plans here, and... Read more about Providence Journal: Governor Raimondo Vows Major Overhaul of Department of Children, Youth, and Families

    WMUR: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to Receive Support from Harvard to Improve Child Services

    June 14, 2018

    The GPL announced that New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will receive pro bono technical assistance. In particular, the GPL will assist the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) with providing consistent and effective services to children and families who need protection or are at risk of future harm and with increasing the number of children cared for by families by strengthening the recruitment and retention of foster family resources....

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    Turn to 10: Rhode Island Health Officials Promise to Keep Children Safer

    August 20, 2018

    Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH), along with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), presented a plan that details ways to better identify at-risk children. The presentation examined 31 incidents where children either died or almost died from the beginning of 2016 to the end of 2017. “This tells us who we need to be focusing on when we’re tending to child fatalities or near fatalities," said Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health....

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    Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families: Strengthening Connections Between Child Welfare and Early Learning

    March 18, 2019

    Secretary Ross Hunter, the Director of Washington’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), recently laid out the department’s plan for incorporating early childhood learning services into the child welfare system. DCYF is piloting projects at two sites to identify opportunities to strengthen connections to early learning resources for child welfare-involved families, which evidence suggests will help at-risk families develop protective factors and build resilience. Read his post...

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