• June 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 6

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New PII Approach Report, Materials

In fiscal year 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded grants to six organizations to implement and evaluate innovative, evidence-based interventions to help children leave foster care in less than 3 years. The two offices within ACF that support the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII), the Children's Bureau and the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), released a new report explaining the concepts and processes of the PII Approach. 

The technical report highlights the multiple implementation stages and activities, including installation, initial and full implementation, formative and summative evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination. A comprehensive dissemination plan also is included in the report.

The report notes that the PII approach holds several benefits, including the following:

  • Effective and replicable interventions that incorporate rigorous evaluation
  • An expanded child welfare evidence base by adding to the body of knowledge about what works in child welfare and increasing the number of evidence-supported interventions
  • Sound implementation methodology that can be used to identify, develop, and implement sustainable and measureable interventions with fidelity

The report is accompanied by a summary, titled The PII Approach Brief, and an infographic. 

The PII Approach: Building Implementation and Evaluation Capacity in Child Welfare is available on the Children's Bureau website:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/implementation-and-evaluation-capacity

The PII Approach Brief is available here:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/pii_approach_brief.pdf (160 KB)

The infographic is available here:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/pii_approach_infographic.pdf (157 KB)

More information about PII can be found on the Children's Bureau website:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/pii-project-resources

Related Item

Children's Bureau Express featured a report that provides background information on the PII initiative and a detailed overview of its approach in the article "The Permanency Innovations Initiative Approach" (May 2014):

https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=157&sectionid=1&articleid=4205

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