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Learning from Colorado’s Performance and Efficiency Initiatives

Effective. Efficient. Elegant. The “3 E’s” of former Governor John Hickenlooper’s administration focus on ways to improve performance and efficiency in state government. This project looks back on the administration’s performance improvement initiatives to document the experiences, elevate successes, identify challenges, and inform current and future public officials in Colorado and beyond.

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Common Cross-System Metrics to Inform Coordinated Care for Multisystem Utilizers

A large number of Coloradans find themselves in need of services from multiple public systems, and government leaders struggle to understand the best way to coordinate a shared response for these multisystem utilizers. This project starts the work of building common metrics of public system utilization across state agencies so that state government leadership and their teams can make more informed decisions about how to meet the needs of multisystem utilizers.

Fostering Opportunities, A Pay for Success Project to Improve the Foster Care Graduation Rate

Only one in four Colorado students who experience foster care during high school graduate with their class. Jeffco Public Schools and Jefferson County Human Services developed a solution – the Fostering Opportunities program. This innovative student engagement intervention is the first proven practice in Colorado to improve educational outcomes for students in foster care.

An Evaluation of the Colorado Community Response Program

Colorado is investing considerably in strengthening families to prevent the entry of young people into the child welfare system. This project supports a randomized evaluation determining the efficacy of the Colorado Community Response program, which provides voluntary services to families reported to the state for child abuse/neglect but whose circumstances do not rise to the level of child welfare service involvement.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Community Partner Program Grants

“Letting a thousand flowers bloom” is a frequently used phrase among funders allowing grantees the flexibility to innovate. However, a diversity of approaches can make it difficult to determine whether the funding has impacted the desired outcomes. This collaboration with the Colorado Department of Higher Education focused on balancing the need for flexibility among recipients of COSI funding with the General Assembly’s need for accountability in improving student outcomes, particularly postsecondary completion rates.