Intensive Case Management

Measuring the Impact of an Intensive, Wrap-around Case Management Program Designed to Lift Families Out of Poverty

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Faculty Affiliates: William Evans, James Sullivan, Marci Ybarra

Partners: Catholic Charities Fort Worth

Location: Fort Worth, TX 

Policy Issue: There are more than 46 million people in the United States living in poverty, including a disproportionate number of children, immigrants, and minorities. Current approaches to fighting poverty, at both the national and local level, tend to address the symptoms rather than the causes of poverty. 

Program Description:  The Padua Program, designed by Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW), completely reworks the service delivery model to center on intensive case management, not individual programs. This innovative program offers a much more holistic, comprehensive approach that includes case management, individualized assessments and service plans, small caseloads, and financial supports.  

Evaluation: LEO will evaluate the impact of this innovative program through an RCT evaluation to measure: a) the impact of this new intervention on short and long-term life outcomes for people living in poverty and b) whether any positive results are large enough to justify the greater costs.