The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Montgomery County, MD

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Montgomery County, MD

Note: This page has been updated to correct reference to the county executive office.

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative assists select county governments in developing comprehensive inventories of county-funded programs in several policy areas.


In April 2016, Montgomery County, Maryland, became the first county outside California to join Results First. Led by the Office of the County Executive and the County Council president, Montgomery County leaders committed to implementing the Results First program inventory approach to complement the county’s efforts to provide residents with a responsive, innovative, fiscally prudent, and transparent government.


CountyStat, an office designed to help departments and executives effectively use data to make smarter decisions and achieve better outcomes, is managing Montgomery County’s multidepartment effort. With support from CountyStat, the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are working to inventory and assess county program investments. DOCR is building an inventory of its criminal justice programming, with a focus on behavioral health services, while DHHS is concentrating on its mentoring programs.

Next steps

DOCR and DHHS staff, with support from CountyStat and other county government stakeholders, plan to complete their program inventories in 2017. Policymakers will use this information to assess their programming portfolio and strategically invest limited taxpayer dollars in effective interventions that address county needs.