Cuyahoga County, Ohio, used an integrated data system to improve outcomes for very vulnerable families in a pioneering Pay for Success program. The public-private funding partnership used the IDS to develop a more targeted set of services for the homeless mothers with children in the child welfare system; design a rigorous evaluation to test the effectiveness of the new services; and, estimate the potential savings of the efficient set of services. The investors will be paid from the savings generated by reducing the amount of time homeless children spend in out-of-home care.
Pay for Success Data Cut Across Agency Information Boundaries
Findings & Stats
Matching information about homeless mothers with their children in foster care revealed the size and needs of this vulnerable population.
Although less than 10% of families that receive homeless services have children in the foster care system, these children spend at least 30% longer in child welfare custody than other children.
Savings for Success
With the IDS data, researchers estimated the Pay for Success program could save Cuyahoga County $4.3 million in child welfare costs over five years.
Statements & Quotations
We needed the data on homeless mothers and children in child welfare to develop the pay for success program, and we wouldn’t have had the data if it weren’t for the IDS.
– David Merriman, administrator for Cuyahoga Job and Family Services
Without the IDS, nobody knew how big this population was, or how long the children were in foster care. Analyzing the overlap through the IDS showed that it was sizeable. The data also made it clear that we weren’t getting the results we wanted from our current programs.”
– David Crampton, Urban Poverty and Community Development Center, Case Western Reserve University
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