Research Report Observations of Leaders Driving Changes in State Government
Leadership Tools and Lessons from Two Work Support Strategies States
Heather Hahn, Maeve E. Gearing, Michael Katz, Ria Amin
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Change in state government, as in other large public and private organizations, is an uphill battle. In social and health service agencies, public officials seeking change face myriad challenges, including frequent turnover, limited funding, and lengthy legal and regulatory processes. Despite these obstacles, change is possible and is often driven by strong leaders. In this brief focused on leadership, we examine how state government officials in Colorado and Illinois, two states participating in the Work Support Strategies project, seized opportunities, addressed challenges, and led change.
Research Areas Social safety net
Tags Families with low incomes State programs, budgets State governance
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population