The Chinese government has begun to purchase child welfare services to address the vast unmet need. 

This project will improve outcomes for millions of Chinese children by establishing ways China can avoid the quality and accountability problems of 30 years of purchasing welfare service by governments in other countries. Using six regional case studies and Partner Organisations’ unique access to national government datasets, it will identify the impact of new purchasing models and ways to address significant regulatory risks in China’s burgeoning welfare state. 

Findings will build new theories of government contracting, service system governance, and global social policy convergence and transfer, relevant to Chinese and Australian social services.

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