Paltech has in recent years developed a team of professionals who specialize in evaluating and monitoring programs – generally, government-funded programs – to help all the parties involved determine how effective and cost-efficient their programs and policies are, and how they might be improved. Specifically, we:
Challenge: State and local child welfare administrators who are considering or implementing child welfare privatization reforms need information and guidance.
Solution: Paltech experts in program monitoring and evaluation contacted more than 250 administrators and community stakeholders for input regarding topics proposed for analysis. We incorporated and summarized their comments for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; then began drafting of a series of six technical assistance papers.
Result: Two of our papers have been favorably reviewed to date, and the remaining four are being developed. Paltech also assembled top researchers in the child welfare field to discuss current privatization efforts and propose future research options.