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Human Services

Public Policy Associates has provided research, evaluation, and strategic consultation services to help clients achieve their public policy goals in the effective delivery of human services.

The PPA work has produced real results to improve the lives of those in need and to help clients assess their programs and strategies. PPA's mix of work in this area has ranged from managing a statewide task force charged with developing better approaches to assisting vulnerable children to evaluating a Michigan effort to increase access to entitlement benefits. 

This work has also included major projects for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, including facilitating a statewide collaborative effort to prevent and reduce homelessness, led by Colleen E. Graber, and the evaluation of  state energy-assistance programs, led by Nancy McCrohan, Ph.D.  With PPA's help, clients better understand how their programs are working, where changes can be made to improve existing programs, and how to design new and better ways to deliver services.

Take a look at some of the Human Services projects we've worked on:


    • Regional Health Assessment in the Carolinas

      Client: Centralina Council of Governments

      The Centralina Council of Governments was engaged in a 14-county regional planning effort across parts of North and South Carolina. The CONNECT Our Future project was supported by a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Community grant. The council, which represents the Charlotte, North Carolina region, asked PPA to assess health disparities and recommend an action plan for improving the health of its residents.

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    • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Partner

      W.K. Kellogg Foundation

      The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has focused a large portion of its grant-making in Michigan in its priority cities of Battle Creek, Detroit, and Grand Rapids. It retained Public Policy Associates, Inc. to be its evaluation partner and to track the progress the foundation has made in propelling vulnerable children to success.

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    • Michigan Benefits Access Initiative

      Michigan Association of United Ways

      The Michigan Benefits Access Initiative (MBAI)is a major collaborative venture designed to help Michigan residents who are struggling obtain public benefits for which they are eligible. Millions of dollars in benefits go unclaimed every year because of a variety of barriers. A key component of the MBAI is the development of outreach efforts to inform community groups and individuals about public benefits and to streamline and simplify the application process.

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    • Energy-Assistance Programs in Michigan

      Client: Michigan Public Service Commission

      The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) awarded more than $460 million in grants to support energy assistance, energy efficiency, and energy saving technologies. PPA's evaluation of the use and results of the grants provided the Commission with information to strategically enhance future grant-making and move the state toward a more energy efficient, green economy.

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    • Michigan's Child Welfare Improvement Task Force

      Client: Michigan Department of Human Services

      When the Michigan Department of Human Services was seeking to re-examine its entire child welfare system, it turned to PPA. PPA was selected as project manager for the 85-member Child Welfare Improvement Task Force, whose charge was to recommend ways to improve programs and processes to better the lives and life prospects for vulnerable children.

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