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This case is offered as part of the Recovery Act Case Program and serves as a best example of the efforts of the large network of federal, state, local, non-profit, and private sector partners who contributed in the implementation of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

The cash payment programs for renewable energy and low-income housing investments that the Department of Treasury (Treasury) enacted in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Recovery Act

A looming battle at the polls threatens two important civic projects, and leaders look for a way around the funding and political dilemma.

This case can be used to help students learn about the politics of tax initiatives as a tool for funding important community projects.

Examines accountability at several levels within social service and intergovernmental grant programs for 'special needs' children. Asks students to define problems carefully before offering solutions.

This case uses California's Adoption Assistance program, which subsidized the adoptive families of "hard to place" children, to examine accountability in social service and intergovernmental grant

This case exercise will help students learn to:

  1. Scan the environment (internal and external) in which a program operates, and identify the key  players whose support or opposition can support or hinder program implementation;
  2. Recognize some common obstacles in translating a policy decision into a successful program;  and
  3. Think about the use of training as one leverage point in changing a service delivery system.

Summary: Basic Health is a state-sponsored program providing health insurance coverage to low-income families in Washington state.

The dilemma facing a city government agency manager who must figure out how to implement a bold new policy that the mayor has recently announced to the public.

This case presents the challenge facing a policy manager in a large city government agency who is expected to implement a bold new policy to reduce homelessness that may exceed the local government

This case looks at the future of Residential Habilitation Centers in WA State and explores problem-solving approaches to a highly emotional issue, involving multiple constituents, federal and state laws, and state and federal service systems.

This case study explores the complexity of the Washington State legislative debate regarding the future of Residential Habilitation Centers (RHCs) for people with developmental disabilities.

Should the consumer have the "right to know", or are nanotech food labels unnecessary and unhelpful? 

This cases poses a hypothetical debate over efforts at the U.S. state level to mandate labels on food products containing or packaged in materials containing engineered nanomaterials.

This three part case chronicles a philosophical and practical shift in services to children and families at the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), and the resulting collaborative process for change across distinct human service jurisdictions.

This three part case chronicles a philosophical and practical shift in services to children and families at the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), and the resulting collaborative process for

CVH is an organization working to build power to improve lives of welfare recipients. CVH uses a multi-pronged strategy that includes public education, grass roots organizing, and training low-income people about their rights.

Community Voices Heard (CVH) is an organization of low-income people, predominately women on welfare, working to build power in New York City to improve their lives and those of their families and

Undertaking major social service reform during the 90's, Missouri seeks to deliver more family centered services and achieve a greater level of partnership with local governments and nonprofit organizations.

In the mid-1980’s, many of Missouri's children were in trouble—for a whole host of complex social, economic, educational, and health-related reasons.