OP-ED | The Land of Steady Habits

By Brian O’Shaughnessy, CT News Junkie | June 18, 2013

For the past two years, colleagues and I have been working within Connecticut to promote the concept of social innovation investments. The high profile tools are social impact bonds and pay-for-success contracting structures, but there are others.

These non-partisan approaches promote measurement of social service investments and reallocation of limited public resources towards primarily preventive services. The idea is to maximize the economic benefit of social services by reducing the underlying conditions that cost taxpayers money. Address root causes and deliver strong, proven services early, to avoid trouble later. A fiscal approach regarding the delivery of preventive social services can create tremendous economic value. Permitting social service needs to fester promotes reactive government and bloat. Full story…

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Hamden, North Haven eye joint police dispatch centers

By Michael Bellmore, The New Haven Register | June 3, 2013

HAMDEN — North Haven and Hamden’s dispatch centers might one day be consolidated under one roof.

Officials from Hamden and North Haven’s police departments pitched the regionalization of their dispatch centers during an informational introduction of the project at Monday’s Legislative Council meeting. Full story…

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OP-ED | Fixing Connecticut’s Splintered Health and Human Services

By James P. Torgerson | Featured on CT News Junkie, May 13th, 2013

Connecticut’s system of providing more than $12 billion in health and human services is confusing, splintered and inefficient. With a realignment and reorganization of the services now provided by seven separate and distinct state agencies, the state could more effectively utilize limited tax dollars, while providing better services with better outcomes. Full story…

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OP-ED | Measure of Success

By Brian O’Shaughnessy, The Hartford Courant | May 13th, 2013

I wrote recently about how government could save huge amounts of money — a good thing — if it focused on preventive social services. The concept of doing a return-on-investment analysis for social services is common sense. Another common sense idea is that government should only spend money on programs that work. Unfortunately, these ideas are beyond the ability of government for one basic reason: Results are not measured. Full story…

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Report to be Presented Tomorrow at Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

CT21 will present our most recent report to the New Haven Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Council on Tuesday, April 23 at 8-9:30 a.m.

A Survival Plan for our Splintered Human Services Delivery System” is the fifth report of the larger series, Framework for Connecticut’s Fiscal Future. The report examines the delivery of human services in CT and identifies how the state and non-profit service providers can change to ensure success of non-profits and better service for CT residents.

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State Needs A Major Policy Research Center

The Hartford Courant | Apr 7, 2013

A lawsuit charging that the state has failed to adequately fund its public schools is expected to get to court sometime in the next year. The court will need hard data to determine if the plaintiffs are right. To whom does it turn?

Let’s say six towns want to create one fire department. To sell the idea to residents, they would need to show how much money it would save. Who could do that calculation? Full story…

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Connecticut Nonprofits Take to the Capitol to Highlight Community and Economic Impact

Interesting press release featured on PRWEB

During the recent “CT Nonprofits Week at the Capitol”, 50 members of the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits), the largest membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in Connecticut, showcased the work they are doing to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Connecticut. The event also provided nonprofit members with an opportunity to connect with key legislators and highlight the contribution they make to the State’s economy. Full release…

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