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Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII) Project Resources

Published: February 12, 2014

Last Reviewed: August 26, 2015

Child Abuse & Neglect, Child Welfare, Foster Care

The federal Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII) is a multi-site federal demonstration project designed to improve permanency outcomes among foster care children who have the most serious barriers to permanency. This 5-year, $100 million initiative includes six grantees, each with a unique intervention designed to help a specific subgroup of children leave foster care in fewer than three years.

PII aims to:

  1. Implement innovative intervention strategies, informed by the relevant literature to reduce long-term foster care stays and improve child outcomes.
  2. Use an implementation science framework enhanced by child welfare expertise to guide technical assistance activities.
  3. Rigorously evaluate the validity of research-informed innovations and adapted evidence-based interventions in reducing long-term foster care.
  4. Build an evidence base and disseminate findings to build knowledge in the child welfare field.

The project is distinguished by its provisions for rigorous evaluation, purposeful application of implementation science, and coordinated dissemination of findings.

PII Grantees and Contractors

This large-scale project has multiple stakeholders and includes six grantees each using a unique approach to address permanency.

PII tests grantee programs and is building the child welfare evidence base by integrating evaluation research and implementation science through two teams of contractors.


PII grantees, contractors, and federal partners have worked together to prepare and present a variety of resources intended to share information about the project.