Workshop 6

Results-Based Contracting: Delivering Better Outcomes in Early Childhood, Home Visiting Programs and Child Welfare

When it comes to early childhood and child welfare, our communities care about improving the health of new moms and their babies, the number of vulnerable children protected from harm, the share of young people successfully transitioning to adulthood, and the volume of families living and thriving together at home. Innovative states and local governments are placing these kinds of results at the center of their contracting strategies and re-imagining the systems that strengthen prevention, improve child welfare interventions, and increase coordinated approaches to service delivery.

Jeffrey Liebman, Founder and Director of the Government Performance Lab at Harvard’s Kennedy School, will lead a discussion with state and city government leaders who are on the cutting edge of using results-driven contracting to improve early childhood, maternal health, and child welfare outcomes.

During this workshop, Jeff and these state and city leaders will spotlight how they developed child health, maternal health, and child welfare goals, issued contracts focused on evidence and performance, tracked their progress toward those goals, and ultimately improved the life trajectory of young people in their communities.


  • Kristine Campagna, Chief of the Office, Home Visiting and Newborn Screening, Division of Community Health, Rhode Island Department of Health (Bio)
  • Linda Gibbs, Principal, Bloomberg Associates, Former Deputy Mayor of New York City for Health and Human Services, Results for America Senior Fellow (Bio)
  • Christian Soura, Vice President, Policy & Finance, South Carolina Hospital Association; Former Director, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (Bio)
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Liebman, Director, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab; Former OMB Acting Deputy Director (Obama) (Bio)


RFA What Works Toolkit
Active Contract Management Project Brief