The Open Method of Coordination

July 01, 2003

Funding: The Annie E. Casey Foundation/Rockefeller Foundation

Summary: The European Union has adopted procedures for identifying common member state goals for social welfare policy, monitoring progress toward attaining these ends, and sharing information on best practice and successful innovation. The system is known as the “Open Method of Coordination.” This project is intended to bring OMC ideas to the attention of American policy makers and to investigate possible application to issues of coordination of state Food Stamp, TANF, and Workforce Investment policies.