Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Options for Allocating State Child Welfare Dollars to Wisconsin Counties

The method by which the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families allocates funds to counties for child protective services may not be optimal for outcomes. This report examines two alternative methods: one based on the risk of child maltreatment each county faces and the other on the child welfare workload a county reports. After evaluating these alternatives for their effectiveness, equity, cost, and acceptability to counties, the authors recommend the risk factor method. They also detail ways DCF can encourage cross-county collaboration and thus use funds more efficiently. Presentation slides

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in Public Affairs, Public Affairs 869, taught by Karen Holden in Spring 2011
  • Author(s): Christine Durkin, Adam Hartung, Sara Kock, Jennifer Russ, and Paul Waldhart
  • Client Name: the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families