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Title IV-E Waivers

Exploring innovative approaches to meet children and families' needs is essential to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the public child welfare system. HSRI has served as an independent evaluator of Ohio’s Title IV-E Waiver demonstration project, which utilizes flexible IV-E funding to support specific intervention strategies in 18 demonstration counties. Implemented in 1998, the waiver focuses on reducing the use of out-of-home placements and enhancing child safety and permanency. HSRI’s evaluation assesses fidelity to two promising practices, Family Team Meetings and Kinship Supports, and examines the impact of these interventions and the waiver as a whole on child-level outcomes. The evaluation includes a process/implementation study, a participant outcomes study, and a cost study. HSRI leads the evaluation team including Westat and the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.

HSRI is also evaluating Colorado’s Title IV-E Waiver, working with the state Division of Child Welfare and participating counties. The waiver seeks to improve child and family outcomes through use of five promising interventions. The waiver will operate from 2013 through 2018.

In addition HSRI has provided consultation to the Pennsylvania Title IV-E Waiver evaluation team at the University of Pittsburgh, related to overall evaluation design and the process implementation study.