15: Tackling policy barriers to effective collaboration – Performance Partnership Pilots
Performance Partnership Pilots, passed by Congress in January 2014, will test the notion that additional flexibility for states and cities to pool funds and obtain waivers of certain programmatic requirements can help them overcome some of the significant hurdles they may face in improving outcomes for disconnected youth.111
Up to ten sites may enter into Performance Partnership agreements to more efficiently and effectively use federal discretionary funding to improve outcomes for disconnected youth or those at risk of disconnecting. The agreements enable state and community leaders to blend funds from programs to meet the needs of disconnected youth.
The federal Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, along with the Corporation for Community and National Service, will have the authority to provide waivers from any statutory, regulatory or administrative requirement for related policies necessary for the selected pilot sites to execute the agreed-upon plan. The aim is to ease the strain on communities trying to meet the needs of disconnected youth while advancing the goals of individual federal programs.
In order to be successful, Performance Partnerships require leaders at all levels of government to work together to identify the root of policy barriers and to craft solutions that ultimately improve service delivery. It is viewed as a potential game-changer in the way services are delivered.