Case Studies

  • Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

    In 2007, PFM was hired by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare to provide technical assistance and decision- support analysis for the development of the state’s Needs-Based Budget for child welfare programs statewide. Currently $2 billion annually, the Needs Based Budget is prepared by each of Pennsylvania’s counties and submitted to the state. During the fall of each year, state staff conducts a series of county site visits and hearings and then prepares recommendations for the governor’s Executive Budget. PFM was engaged to support this analytical effort in Pennsylvania’s five southeastern counties, which include Philadelphia and the surrounding communities, generating over two-thirds of the program expenditures. PFM prepared extensive data analysis of historical spending patterns, case and workload data, and produced output cost data and trends information never before available to the state or the counties. Based on this analysis, PFM next prepared a series of analytical performance measures, comparing categorical spending to programmatic outcomes. Counties were required to restructure spending plans to align with state performance targets. As a result, the state was able to recommend several policy shifts in funding and approximately $30 million in reductions from requested amounts.
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