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Social Programs & Communities

ICF works with governments and nonprofits to help strengthen communities, families, and citizens by delivering evidence-based solutions with measurable impact.

Improving people’s lives is often bigger than any one provider’s capacity or a single government agency’s charter. It requires the ability to reach across boundaries to leverage all available resources. ICF has a long history of building bridges to align programs across organizations.

In the United States (U.S.), for example, we have helped achieve meaningful impact in social programs ranging from human trafficking to job training programs to child welfare.

  • In Iowa, we work for victims of human trafficking, partnering with state and federal agencies to give law enforcers, prosecutors, and victim service providers the appropriate knowledge and skills to deliver trauma-informed, survivor-centered services.
  • In California, we prepare workers for employment success in the 21st century through a training program that has updated the skills of more than 5,000 electricians. Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Energy Innovation Fund, we developed the user-friendly EZ Retrofit tool to help rental housing owners quickly identify cost-effective building improvements that save energy and reduce operating costs.
  • For child welfare agencies across the country, our support for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Child Welfare Center for States helps professionals increase their impact, enhance productivity, and deal with sensitive issues.

With backgrounds ranging from public policy, human services, social sciences, technology, and finance to urban planning, public health, and environmental science, ICFers have unique skills that enable us to drive breakthrough work on many of the world’s most critical social issues.

Across Europe, we help policymakers and practitioners to develop approaches which are based on good practice elsewhere, for example:

  • The European Union's Platform Tackling Undeclared Work brings stakeholders from all EU countries together to learn from each other and to increase their ability to successfully prevent and detect all forms of undeclared work, through risk assessments, data mining, etc.
  • We also work on preventing violent extremism and radicalisation in people at risk through our work on Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), by bringing practitioners from different sectors (education, law enforcement, community development) together to exchange ideas and transfer successful practices.
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