The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative assists select county governments to develop comprehensive inventories of county-funded programs in several policy areas.
Leaders in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, along with local stakeholders, have a long history of participating in both state and national initiatives to develop and implement evidence-based practices that guide decision-making. In June 2016, the county executive approved a commitment for the Children, Youth, and Families Office to partner with Results First to develop a countywide program inventory and determine the evidence available for each intervention. This inventory will allow the county to better assess its currently funded programs, leverage existing research, and develop recommendations on where to direct future funding.
The Results First work is housed in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. The department director and a manager within the Office of Data Analysis, Research, and Evaluation oversee the technical working groups that collect and analyze program data for the inventory and lead a policy steering committee to consider findings and develop recommendations from the inventory process. Those groups comprise leaders and staff from various county agencies, including the county manager’s office, which includes the county budget office and the county executive’s office. The Allegheny team has nearly completed the development of its program inventory and anticipates presenting preliminary findings to the policy steering committee in spring of 2017.
The team is finalizing a program inventory to provide a better understanding of its prevention and treatment portfolio and to serve as a resource for planning. The county is also reviewing internal billing and case management processes to improve collection of performance data and tracking of outcomes.