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Public Catalyst teams up with public, non-profit and private agencies that provide child welfare, juvenile justice and other human services to achieve results where it counts — healthier children and stronger families, with smart use of public dollars.

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What We Do

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Mediation & Monitoring

Helping find common ground among diverse perspectives and monitoring court-ordered reforms.

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Planning & Implementing Change

Moving data-informed, solution-oriented strategic plans into action that effect long-term change.

Reports & Publications


Five Lessons to Reform

Public Catalyst’s four partners highlight in this article their five lessons for reforming a child welfare agency towards better outcomes for children and families.

  • Lead in “service to the field”
  • Focus on the fundamentals
  • Be strategic about quick wins
  • Be suspicious of conventional wisdom
  • Count what matters most

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Putting Evidence-Based Management to Work in Government

New Jersey's child welfare agency has found a formula for improving outcomes by training staffers as 'Data Fellows' 

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