House Unanimously Approves Young, Delaney Social Impact Partnerships

Bipartisan solution to improve social safety net heads to Senate

WASHINGTON, DC — The full House of Representatives unanimously approved bipartisan legislation led by Congressmen Todd Young (R-IN) and John Delaney (D-MD) that expands the use of evidenced-based interventions within the federal government, while driving taxpayer savings. It is the first reform bill of its kind that brings the pay-for-performance model into social and public health sphere. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT)and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are the lead sponsors of similar companion legislation in Senate.

“For all our best intentions, evidence shows current federal programs aren’t doing enough to address income inequality and meaningfully improve lives,” said Congressman Young. “Rather than measure our compassion by how much or how little we spend, social impact partnerships reward what works based on actual evidence. By adopting this bipartisan outcomes-based approach, we help more Americans overcome the root causes of poverty while guaranteeing taxpayers only pay for real results.”  

“In an era of tight budgets and big problems, we need new solutions that can help those in need in a cost-effective and efficient way,” said Congressman Delaney. “Social Impact Partnerships are a bipartisan solution that leverages philanthropic and private investments to make smart interventions early, reducing long term costs, empowering local governments to innovate and most importantly helping people. This evidence-driven approach has brought together the White House and Republicans and Democrats in Congress and I’m proud to have worked with Congressman Young to see this legislation through to passage. I look forward to continuing to build support for our legislation.”

Background on H.R. 5170:

This pay-for-performance model (also known as pay-for-success) is a line-item priority in the White House budget for FY2017.

The Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Actempowers states, local governments, nonprofits, and the private sector to scale up evidence-based interventions that address the nation’s most pressing challenges. It fosters the creation of public-private partnerships that harness philanthropic and other private-sector investments to expand and replicate scientifically-proven social and public health programs (for example, decreasing recidivism rates, or increasing adoption rates).

Because social impact partnerships are focused on achieving results, government dollars are paid out only when a rigorous independent evaluation confirms that desired outcomes are met. If outcomes are not met, no taxpayer money is spent.

Additional statements of support from legislative co-sponsors and outside groups can be found at