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What We Do

We work with foundation officers, policymakers, and state and community leaders to:

  • Design initiatives and programs
    • Advise public and private funders in creating new initiatives for children and families, including:
      • Reviewing current research on what works;
      • Assessing community needs; and
      • Developing a theory of change.
    • Assist public and private funders in assessing capacity building needs of their grantees and designing technical assistance approaches by
      • Creating customized assessment tools;
      • Facilitating funder-grantee conversations; and
      • Designing technical assistance and training strategies to meet identified needs.
    • Work with state and local intermediary organizations to extend their capacity to support their clients by:
      • Collaboratively designing technical assistance approaches;
      • Developing and customizing technical assistance tools based on identified needs;
      • Creating training curricula for local use and provide support for local trainers in training delivery; and
      • Providing ongoing coaching support for local technical assistance providers and trainers.
  • Develop sound strategies to leverage resources
    • Identify promising approaches to supporting children, youth and families;
    • Develop financing plans and strategies - including projecting costs and identifying new sources of revenue; and
    • Assess the strength of current partners and develop community engagement strategies to broaden support for community initiatives;
  • Move from good thinking to action
    • Develop clear implementation plans for specific strategies; and
    • Undertake a full strategic or sustainability planning process to clarify long-term goals and develop a range of strategies to sustain programs and initiatives.

What We're Working On

Mainspring Consulting released a new brief, Promising Program Models for Extended Foster Care & Transition Services.  The brief is intended to support child welfare leaders in further improving the design of extended care programs by highlighting promising approaches and models throughout the country. It provides an overview of state designs related to essential programmatic elements of extended foster care and shares promising program components related to eligibility, placement settings, case management models, case review, and transition services.

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