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P3 Consultation Paper

Changing the Odds for Disconnected Youth: Initial Design Considerations for Performance Partnership Pilots

Opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation is to restore that promise.
President Obama, State of the Union Address 2014

This Consultation Paper (PDF, 19 pages) is intended as a background document for stakeholder engagement sessions related to Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth. These pilots were authorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (the Act) to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth. This paper was developed jointly by the Departments of Education (ED), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Labor (DOL) as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which are among the agencies that together are authorized to implement Performance Partnership Pilots using discretionary funds appropriated by the Act (Section 526 of Division H).

This paper provides context and proposes some initial design considerations related to the Federal objectives in implementing Performance Partnership Pilots. These considerations represent agencies’ initial planning and remain subject to further decisions. The paper also offers key questions that can be used to facilitate discussions that can confirm, refine, or challenge potential design elements and offer responsible alternatives. Federal agencies will use this document to guide national webinars with the field, which will be recorded and posted publicly. Stakeholders are also invited to use it to guide more targeted discussions within their communities or networks and are invited to send feedback or questions to disconnectedyouth@omb.eop.gov. Interested parties are also invited to respond to the paper by submitting optional letters of interest, indicating their potential interest in submitting a Performance Partnership Pilot application (see further discussion on page 10), though these letters are not required as part of the application process.

The initial design considerations and key questions have been informed by responses to the June 2012 request for information (RFI) on Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth (PDF, 4 pages). Released by the Interagency Forum on Disconnected Youth (IFDY), a voluntary collaboration among a broader group of Federal agencies that serve this population and includes the agencies involved in Performance Partnership Pilots, this RFI solicited ideas and information from a broad array of individuals and organizations on strategies that could improve outcomes for disconnected youth. Such strategies include whether multi-system approaches are desirable, how current policies hinder or facilitate services to this population, and how existing resources could be used in more coordinated and comprehensive ways. Discussion generated by this paper will help agencies build on and further refine the Federal government’s planned approach to Performance Partnership Pilots in order to enable the best outcomes for disconnected youth. In addition, potential applicants may find that the initial design considerations in this paper could inform their exploration of possible Performance Partnership Pilot opportunities and project plans.

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