Our core objective is to address our nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches. We strive to create functional solutions that target the root causes, not just the symptoms, of these problems. The solutions must be both scalable nationally and sustainable without permanent philanthropy.
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) works to produce widespread, lasting improvements in people's lives by strengthening the nation’s social, governmental, and economic systems. LJAF believes PFS can improve social outcomes by helping state and local governments direct resources toward better, more effective programs. Specifically, LJAF views PFS as a way to:
- Re-orient government spending around outcomes and innovation
- Address the root causes of problems by focusing on prevention rather than remediation
- Elevate the importance of rigorous evaluation
- Engage the philanthropic, nonprofit, and private sectors in effective efforts to solve difficult social problems.
LJAF has served as a direct investor in four projects, including the New York State Workforce Re-Entry Project, the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice PFS Project, the Denver Chronic Homelessness Project, and the Connecticut Family Stability Project. LJAF has also provided funding for evaluations in Santa Clara County, CA, Cuyahoga County, OH, and South Carolina to rigorously evaluate programs designed to address chronic homelessness, reduce the amount of time that children spend in foster care, and prevent pre-term birth. In addition, LJAF has provided support to governments, service providers, and other entities in order to create a robust technical assistance infrastructure that can help governments implement and evaluate PFS projects.