Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Maryland


Maryland is in the process of developing a results­based accountability system for children and family services in which strategic planning, management, and budgeting are tied to indicators and outcomes.  At the state level, a preliminary set of common child and family indicators were developed.  At the local level, local management boards were created throughout the state to manage the delivery of children and family services and to set and achieve performance goals based on indicators and outcomes.  This project will advance their efforts in the following ways:

  1. Finalize the indicators based on additional state and local stakeholder input;

  2. Validate and refine the methodology for collecting and organizing the indicators data with the assistance of a research institution;

  3. Post the indicators data on a searchable web database;

  4. Refine the states strategic plan for children and family services; and

  5. Provide technical assistance to local management boards as they develop their own service delivery goals and plans.

To further this last objective, the project intends to hire several local consultants.  The project will be led by the Subcabinet for Children, Youth, and Families, an executive interagency council charged with monitoring the local management boards, and the Maryland Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, a public/private and state/local commission which includes representation from the United Way of Central Maryland, Association of Local Management Board Directors, and several counties.  Marylands KIDS COUNT Partnership will provide technical assistance.