In an effort to make lasting and measurable reforms in public human service systems, the Casey Foundation provides intensive, strategic management support to leaders of public systems who are working to create fundamental change. Our approach builds on the Foundation’s long-standing vision of system reform: that the major systems serving vulnerable children and families can achieve better outcomes through strategies that decentralize management, bring services together, meaningfully involve and empower communities, measure results, and spur neighborhood-based and family-sensitive partnerships.
Our "whole system" approach integrates Casey Foundation expertise with private sector management consulting practices to foster the most effective delivery of essential social services. We seek results that predict better life outcomes for America’s most vulnerable children and their families by partnering with public sector leaders who share our values and are committed to substantially improving the lives of the people they serve. Through strategic consulting, we work to influence public systems such as child welfare and juvenile justice, which have direct impact on the lives of vulnerable children and families.
We have seen real, tangible results through this work. Depending on the focus of the reform, the impact can be relatively quick – for example, reductions in the number of children placed in institutional settings. The impact can also take some time to be reflected in outcomes – for example, practice reform at the frontline worker level. We continue to build on and improve our strategic consulting as part of belief that children do well when their families are strong, and families thrive when they live in supportive communities.