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Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services

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Funding Opportunity Number: Help for Funding Opportunity Number HHS-2014-ACF-OCSE-FD-0818
Forecast ID Number: Help for Forecast ID Number ACF-2014-FCAST-0198
Fiscal Year: Help for Fiscal Year 2014
Funding Opportunity Title: Help for Funding Opportunity Title Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services
CFDA Number: Help for CFDA Number 93.564
Funding Activity Category: Help for Funding Activity Category Income Security and Social Services
CFDA Number Description: Family and Child Welfare Services
Research, Demonstration
Funding Instrument Type Code(s): Help for Funding Instrument Type Code(s) Cooperative Agreement
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: Help for Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement No
Affordable Care Act (ACA): Help for Affordable Care Act (ACA) No
Estimated Funding Information:
Estimated Funding: Help for Estimated Funding $1,200,000
Expected Number of Awards: Help for Expected Number of Awards 8
Estimated Award Ceiling: Help for Estimated Award Ceiling $150,000
Estimated Award Floor: Help for Estimated Award Floor $125,000
Estimated Milestone Dates:
Estimated Post Date: Help for Estimated Post Date 06/02/2014
Estimated Application Due Date: Help for Estimated Application Due Date 08/01/2014
Application Due Date Explanation: Help for Application Due Date Explanation Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Estimated Award Date: Help for Estimated Award Date 09/29/2014
Estimated Start Date: Help for Estimated Start Date 09/29/2014
Eligibility Category: Help for Eligibility Category
  • State governments
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

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State Title IV-D agencies (including the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) or the umbrella agency of the IV-D program are eligible to receive awards under this funding announcement.

Applications from individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship for-profit organizations are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

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This FOA is modified. The link to the HHS Behavioral Insights Conference video is corrected in the Grants.gov Synopsis.

In order to improve both the effectiveness and operations of child support programs, to expand the application of behavioral economics to child support contexts through the development of promising interventions, and to build a culture of regular, rapid-cycle evaluation and critical inquiry in the child support community, the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) will award Behavioral Interventions in Child Support Services grants (BICS).

BICS will be funded by Section 1115 funds awarded under cooperative agreements to state IV-D agencies to explore the potential relevance and application of behavioral economics principles to child support services. This cooperative agreement will allow the selected state agency to use this federal grant award and the Federal Financial Participation (FFP) associated with these grant funds to test behaviorally-informed interventions to improve child support outcomes by focusing on areas such as early engagement, right-sizing orders, reliable payment, family-centered services, and other innovations to improve establishment and enforcement outcomes.

Grantees, in cooperation with an OCSE-funded, third-party technical assistance and evaluation team (TAE team), will identify and implement behaviorally-informed process improvements and evaluate progress towards goals. The TAE team will be funded through a companion funding announcement, HHS-2014-ACF-OCSE-FD-0822 available to view at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2014-ACF-OCSE-FD-0822. Grant projects will first diagnose and design a behaviorally informed intervention and pilot test that intervention at a multi-county (or large single county) level. If the intervention is found to be successful at the pilot stage, it is expected to be implemented statewide, or on the broadest scale possible for the state. Pilot tests will involve random assignment to determine whether desired outcomes are achieved. Projects will focus on shorter-term goals such as enrollment, engagement, and program completion.

The overall goal of the BICS project is to introduce and encourage institutionalizing a way of doing business that takes behavioral factors and regular evaluation into account to improve success.  Child support programs will have the opportunity to work with a team of behavioral experts to analyze their business processes, and pilot, evaluate, and replicate program improvements.  Application of behavioral insights to healthcare and social services is an area of keen interest at the federal level.  On March 14, 2014, HHS hosted a Behavioral Insights Conference to highlight federal efforts to apply behavioral economics, and it is available to view via webcast at http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=13883&bhcp=1.  

Federal Agency Contact Information: Help for Federal Agency Contact Information
Federal Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Name: Jessica Lohmann
Email Address: Jessica.Lohmann@ acf.hhs.gov
Phone: (202) 205-4854
OpDiv: Administration for Children & Families
Sub OpDiv: Office of Child Support Enforcement
Division: Division of Public Information
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