The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Colorado

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Colorado

This page was updated on Dec. 17, 2015, to reflect new developments in the state.


In summer 2014, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative partnered with the state of Colorado to incorporate the Results First approach into the state’s budget and policymaking processes. To support these efforts, the Colorado General Assembly dedicated funds during its 2014 session for two new positions within the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting to coordinate the Results First work. 

The executive and legislative branches issued letters of support for, and commitment to, implementing the Results First approach in Colorado. In his letter, Gov. John Hickenlooper stated that his administration had “made a commitment to efficient, effective, and elegant government, and it is our hope that Results First will add significant value to our decision-making process and build on the work we’ve already begun.”


Under the direction of Henry Sobanet, head of the Office of State Planning and Budgeting, and in partnership with the General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee, program inventories have been compiled and benefit-cost analyses have been completed in the adult criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare policy areas.

Next steps

The team’s goal is to expand the Results First approach in Colorado to additional policy areas, including behavioral health and substance abuse.

Learn more about our state work.