Multisite Evaluation of OCSE Responsible Fatherhood Programs and MIS Development

This contract will provide technical assistance to assist States with appropriate MIS and data collection in order to facilitate an evaluation and the other contract will evaluate the projects. The projects are eight separate State demonstration projects which attempt to facilitate increased payment of child support through assistance to low or no income fathers who owe child support. Services involve the following: (1) child support services, (2) training, (3) related social services, (4) case management, (5) fatherhood motivation, and (6) access and visitation assistance.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Child Support Enforcement

FEDERAL CONTACT: Arnaudo, David
202-401-5364

PIC ID: 7055

PERFORMER: The Lewin Group, Fairfax, VA; Policy Studies, Inc, Denver CO; and Center for Policy Research, Denver CO

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/20/2000

Partners for Fragile Families

The Partners for Fragile Families Project strives to assist low-income unemployed, and underemployed, mainly minority fathers to work with the mothers of their children to become "team" parents and share the legal, financial and emotional responsibilities of parenthood. To achieve these goals, the grantee will develop, test and implement Fatherhood Development Workshops, grassroots organizations working with low income fathers, develop and implement a Peer Learning College for child support enforcement professionals. These efforts serve to encourage, support, and assist child support agencies that have recognized the barriers these fathers face to becoming responsible fathers. The Ford Foundation is also providing funding for this project.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Child Support Enforcement

FEDERAL CONTACT: Pontisso, Debra
202-401-4548

PIC ID: 6844

PERFORMER: National Center for Strategic Nonprofit Planning and Community
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

Study of the Impact of the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Program on Avoiding Costs to Public Programs

The purpose of this study is to develop a conceptual framework for determining cost avoidance that would be appropriate for use in the Federal and State budgetary and appropriation processes. This study will also assess the current technology in terms of the development and potential application of a cost-avoidance methodology for the Child Support Enforcement program. This study will result in contractor recommendations as to how to prioritize the various components of cost avoidance, i.e., which mechanical and behavioral aspects of cost avoidance should be addressed first, and the sequence of steps to take to quantifying the costs avoided for each area. The contract objectives are: (1) review the literature on cost avoidance and prepare an annotated bibliography; (2) identify academics, research firms and States conducting child support cost avoidance related research; (3) assess microsimulation models; (4) assess the capacity of State administrative databases to measure cost avoidance; and (5) identify the most promising cost avoidance model or models for further testing and refinement.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Child Support Enforcement

FEDERAL CONTACT: Maller, Gaile
202-401-5368

PIC ID: 6842

PERFORMER: The Lewin Group
Fairfax, VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 03/01/2000