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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It’s time to stop red-tape machine

The Hartford Business Journal

A pair of news developments has put a fresh face on an old problem — the state’s expensive and dysfunctional red-tape machine.

Let’s start with HBJ senior writer Greg Bordonaro’s examination of the state’s largest office real estate purchase in a generation. Full story…

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Press Conference Today

CT 21 will release report on Connecticut’s Mental Health and Other Human Services today, Monday, March 18 in Hartford.

Lieutenant Governor Wyman will join James P. Torgerson, Chair of the CT 21 Steering Committee for the release of the report and its recommendations for increased efficiency and effectiveness of services.

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CT’s home care lobby rebrands

The Hartford Business Journal

The state’s chief home care association is launching a major new rebranding campaign as it prepares for a major role in the state’s changing health care landscape.

The Connecticut Association for Home Care and Hospice has changed its name to the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home. Full story…

 

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Renewed panel to help towns be more efficient

By Johanna Somers, The New London Day

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said Thursday that a bipartisan commission would help towns regionalize and address mandates, education costs and municipal taxes.

Sharkey said the panel would be a recreation of the former Municipal Opportunities & Regional Efficiencies Commission, which in 2010 created laws to encourage regional cooperation. Full story…

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Pinpointing Where Sharing Can Save Towns Cash- Some services are best delivered on a regional basis, some not

The Hartford Courant | Feb 19, 2013

One thing we might rightly infer from last week’s angry mayors’ tour is that it’s been a tough four years for the state’s cities.

The mayors who were protesting Gov. Dannel Malloy‘s budgetary approach to their cities say their budgets are down to the bone. That also is Mr. Malloy’s problem; he is staring at a $1.1 billion deficit. Is there someplace else to look for help?

How about the region?

There was a time when “regionalism” was a four-letter word in Connecticut, the home of home rule and long-standing local traditions. As costs have risen and revenues have shrunk, municipal leaders have gotten more open to seeking economies with surrounding communities.

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Focus On Social Investment

by Christine Stuart | Dec 4, 2012

As state budgets shrink and the demand for social services grows, a group of Connecticut nonprofit organizations are searching for ways to serve an increasing demand with fewer and fewer funding sources. Full story…

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