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NH DHHS to Receive Technical Support from Harvard University’s Kennedy School Government Performance Lab
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Division for Children, Youth and Families
Publish Date:
June 14, 2018

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pleased to announce that DHHS will receive technical assistance from the Government Performance Lab (GPL) at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, to design and implement strategic initiatives that will support current Departmental efforts to transform the State’s child welfare system.

“As Governor, I have been committed to transforming New Hampshire’s child welfare system to protect our most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Christopher T. Sununu. “There is more work to be done, and the support of Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab will help that transformation by bringing innovative solutions to strengthening the DCYF child protection and foster care programs.”

As part of the broader transformation, the Department will focus its GPL assistance on two initiatives. The GPL will assist the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) with providing consistent and effective services to children and families needing protection or at risk of future harm. The GPL will also help DCYF increase the proportion of children cared for by families through strengthening the recruitment and retention of foster family resources.

“New Hampshire’s application demonstrates its commitment to improving the services it provides to children at risk of harm and to strengthening its foster care system,” said Professor Jeffrey Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and GPL Director. “We are excited to work with New Hampshire on strengthening the state’s ability to protect its children and youth."

Since 2011, the GPL has provided pro bono government-side technical assistance on 84 projects, supporting leaders of 61 jurisdictions in 28 states in using new data-driven public management tools to achieve better outcomes. The GPL will provide New Hampshire with direct support from GPL team members, experienced assistant directors, research assistants, data analysts, and senior technical advisors.

 
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