Strategy for the Evidence-Based Aspects of the Family First Service Continuum

August 12, 2021

Family First offers an historic opportunity to access federal funding to support and expand evidence-based prevention services in Colorado. In order to fully leverage new federal resources, the Colorado Department of Human Services contracted with the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab to develop a short- and long-term strategy for implementing and scaling evidence-based practices that both meet the unique needs of Colorado communities and comply with strict federal requirements. Download the report

Utilizing a data-driven, community-informed approach, the final report recommends a phased strategy to implementation and capacity-building in order to move us closer to a comprehensive prevention service continuum. This work was supported by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Family First Transition Act funds, and the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting. 

The report serves as a strategy for the state as well as a framework that regions can use to develop local service arrays. Recommendations include:

  • Short- and long-term recommendations for evidence-based in-home parent skill-based programs and mental health services that are matched to the needs of Colorado families.
  • Short- and long-term recommendations for prioritizing services for fiscal drawdown.
  • Short- and long-term recommendations for prioritizing resources for ongoing rigorous evaluation and building capacity to meet federal requirements for continuous quality improvement.

Service Array Recommendations

Download the report to review these recommendations in more detail

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