portrait of Stefanie Le
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In the six months since Rhode Island’s Works Wonders program won the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award, the successful pilot program has been able to expand its reach to cities in other states. The program aims to equip youth who are aging out of foster care with career readiness training and skills in order to position them for stable jobs and careers. This miniseries will... Read More

portrait of Sibella Matthews
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The list of potential uses for interagency data-sharing to improve child welfare outcomes is never-ending. Hospital data on low-weight newborns could be shared with Human Services to target in-home nurse visits. Physicians deciding whether to order bone scans for children with suspicious injuries could access child protection records to better inform those decisions. While there is an... Read More

Dyah Ramadhani
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Young people who drop out of high school face a disproportionate risk of negative social outcomes ranging from unemployment to engaging in criminal activities. Even among those who do get a job, average weekly earnings are significantly lower — around $488 for adults who lack a high school diploma or equivalency (HSE) versus $668 for those with a high school diploma and $1,101 with a... Read More

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Each day, throughout the world, public officials and practitioners face the daunting task of creating solutions to society's most pressing problems, as they strive to improve the lives of their citizens. These dedicated public servants are under pressure to do more with increasingly limited resources, and to be more effective and efficient. Repeatedly, history has shown that continuing to... Read More