Governments often view performance-based contracting as a north star, but without careful structuring, it can backfire for social services. In her latest column for Governing’s Better, Faster, Cheaper blog, GPL Program Director Hanna Azemati advises government on when performance-based contracting for social services is appropriate, how to implement it effectively, and what other strategies can drive the performance of programs to turn around the lives of at-risk populations. Read...
A recent book review in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on the use of randomized controlled trials in social policy quotes Professor Liebman, who notes that "our current mechanisms for funding and evaluating social programs do not produce a culture of continuous learning and improvement, nor do they generate opportunities for fundamental reengineering of systems to produce better results. [There is not enough focus] on systems or outcomes across an entire population in a community." Read the entire review ... Read more about Professor Liebman Quoted in Stanford Social Innovation Review
“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...
In her latest commentary for Governing’s Better, Faster, Cheaper blog, Program Director Hanna Azemati describes the GPL’s work with the city of Louisville, KY to establish a strategic procurement system. According to Louisville’s director of purchasing, this system has helped the city “elevate the importance of procurement, build trust, and earn credibility” by prioritizing, structuring, evaluating, and managing critical contracts more effectively. Read more.
Chile’s El Mercurio featured our What Works Cities project in Santiago, where the GPL is advising the city on their landscape maintenance contracts. Read more about the project here, and read more about results-driven contracting here.
In a commentary published by Governing’s Better, Faster, Cheaper blog on April 18, GPL Program Director Hanna Azemati laid out eight methods for local governments to transform contracting by managing procurements more strategically. Read more.
On March 27, Governing's Better, Faster, Cheaper blog published a commentary written by GPL Program Director Hanna Azemati and Director of Research & Innovation Gloria Gong on ways to maximize the potential of the Pay for Success model with federal funding made available by the recent SIPPRA legislation. Read more.Read more about 5 Ways to Make the Most of Pay for Success