This page provides information about select past Special Improvement Project (SIP) grants and Section 1115 Demonstration Grants.
National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)
In 2012, OCSE awarded Section 1115 grants to California, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin to test the efficacy of child support-led employment programs through the CSPED project. The goal was to increase reliable child support payments among noncustodial parents who are unable to pay child support. Wisconsin was also awarded a grant to manage the evaluation of CSPED.
Funding Opportunity Announcements:
- CSPED Final Implementation Report
- CSPED Final Impact Report
- CSPED Final Impact Report: Technical Supplement
- CSPED Findings from the Benefit-Cost Analysis
Parenting Time Opportunities for Children (PTOC)
In 2012, OCSE awarded Special Improvement Project grants to California, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Oregon to launch the Parenting Time Opportunties for Children (PTOC) program. The three-year pilot program tested approaches to safely develop parenting time orders at the time child support is established. The goal was to ensure children had a safe, ongoing relationship with both parents even after their parents’ romantic relationship ended.
- Research Brief: Parenting Time Opportunities for Children
- Research Brief: Child Support, Parenting Time, and Safety Concerns
- Fact Sheet: Discretionary Grants for Parenting Time Opportunities for Children in the Child Support Program
- Fact Sheet: Child Support and Parenting Time: Improving Coordination to Benefit Children
University Partnership Programs
In 2011, OCSE awarded three Section 1115 demonstration grants to Iowa, Michigan, and Washington to work with university partners to:
- Improve analysis and interpretation of various types of data, and
- Improve capacity across organizations by identifying areas that needed changing and then assessing how those changes affected families.
Universities and scholars brought expertise in research design and data analysis. State child support agencies shared expertise in managing and operating complex child support activities. Together, the universities and states developed pilots to test new ways of understanding paternity establishment rates, collecting on arrears-only cases, and incentivizing regular child support payments through debt reduction.
The grants ended in September 2016, but the work will continue because the activities foster a culture of critical inquiry focused on improved program effectiveness.