Call for Letters of Interest – External Research Teams to Conduct Rigorous Evaluations of Programs/Services under Colorado’s Family First Strategy

The Colorado Department of Human Services has partnered with the Colorado Lab to coordinate rigorous evaluations of
programs/services prioritized by the state for Family First. As the designated Family First Evidence-
Building Hub, the Colorado Lab is accepting Letters of Interest from research teams interested in receiving funding to design and conduct a rigorous evaluation.

High Quality Family Time

House Bill 23-1027 was passed to promote high quality family time in Colorado. The Colorado Lab is partnering with the High Quality Parenting Time Task Force to conduct a statewide study on parenting time practices and develop data-informed recommendations on best practice standards for delivering family time that drive positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.

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Evidence Portfolio Process for Budget & Policy Decisions

A newly created evidence portfolio process supports the consistent application of Evidence-Based Decision-Making by state agencies during budget and policy decision-making. State agencies can use this tool to apply evidence to drive outcomes, leverage data to inform learning and action, and build evidence on what works and for whom, while promoting innovation.

CDEC Stimulus Funding Evidence-Building

The Colorado Lab is coordinating and overseeing the efforts of multiple teams evaluating stimulus-funded activities through the Early Childhood Evaluation Hub. The Hub approach offers a number of benefits, including reduced administrative/financial burdens for the state, aligned evaluations that are anchored to a shared vision, and findings that are translated into actionable insights for policy and practice.

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Early Childhood Evaluation Hub: CCCAP Teacher Wage Increase Pilot and Spotlight on External Research Partner, MDRC

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) helps families who are working in low-wage jobs, searching for work, in school, or experiencing homelessness to find child care assistance. The aim of the stimulus-funded CCCAP Teacher Wage Increase Pilot is to provide a livable wage to early childhood teachers in CCCAP-participating programs.