SIF Pay for Success Grantees Improving Outcomes throughout the Country (Social Innovation Fund)

Dear Friends of the Social Innovation Fund,

May was a big month for the SIF and our Pay for Success (PFS) program. Five of our grantees announced funding to governments and nonprofits this month and we wanted to share with you what they are undertaking to change the way government allocates and invests its resources to improve outcomes.

  • Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is building cross-sector partnerships across the country to scale evidence-based interventions to improve health and quality of life outcomes for families and reduce emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to asthma, which affects more than 25 million people in the United States. With funding from the SIF, GHHI will complete a second set of asthma-related Pay for Success feasibility studies in 2017, which will offer a tremendous opportunity for multiple stakeholders to improve outcomes in a comprehensive manner, from clinics to community based asthma services, home rehabilitation services to legal services. GHHI announced the nonprofits they will be working with on May 8, 2017. See GHHI’s Pay for Success Financing to Improve Asthma Outcomes report for more information.
  • Institute for Child Success (ICS): With support from the SIF, ICS has been helping state and local government agencies explore if PFS financing is the right tool to improve child outcomes through expanded evidence-based interventions like home visiting programs and high-quality pre-K or preschool. ICS announced the results of four jurisdictions in which it completed feasibility studies on May 9, 2017. One highlight from the results is that governments can use PFS to expand evidence based programs like Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) to reduce maltreatment of children in foster care. Check out the announcement for more lessons learned.
  • Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business selected five nonprofit service providers and three government entities to participate in their Pay for Success (PFS) feasibility program. The  selected nonprofits and government entities aim to implement interventions in a number of issue areas including disability services, recidivism among young adults, mentorship for at-risk youth, health and education for children with asthma, and early childhood education. The final government entity was selected on May 22, 2017.
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) is building upon and accelerating its work with communities to effectively use data as a tool to expand supportive housing opportunities in an effort to help systems focus on investing in what works. With increased collaboration across multiple entities within jurisdictions, CSH is spurring greater coordination and integration between the homeless/housing and the criminal justice systems. On May 25, 2017, CSH announced four governments that they will be working with.
  • Social Finance: In December 2016, Social Finance received a $1.4 million grant from the SIF to introduce the first outcomes rate cards to the United States. Governments using this tool develop a menu of outcomes that they seek to achieve and the prices they are willing to pay for each outcome achievement, enabling jurisdictions to standardize performance-based financing and drastically reduce the time such deals take to get to market. Social Finance announced the winners of its Outcomes Rate Card Development Competition on May 31, 2017.
  • Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab: The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab has been actively involved in the feasibility and transaction structuring of 26 PFS projects. The winners of its latest grant competition, announced on May 31, 2017, will receive support services and technical assistance focused on helping governments develop the systems that match the right individuals with the right services, actively manage outcomes-based contracts for continuous performance improvement, and generate learning that can inform better budget decisions.
  • SIF PFS Administrative Data Pilot Program: The goal of the Administrative Data Pilot Program is to improve access and use of data to help service providers and governments improve their interventions and thereby the lives of those they serve. The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Third Sector Capital Partners (TSCP) are SIF grantees working in partnership toward this goal.  The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, the Santa Cruz Human Services Department, and the Washington Department of Early Learning will each receive support from the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and TSCP to develop new big-data infrastructure for evaluating programs that aim to increase economic opportunity.

At its core, the SIF is about finding what works and making it work for more people. PFS is another vital tool with the same mission of supporting innovation, ensuring solutions have the dollars needed to scale, and paying for results. The PFS field has seen enormous growth in the past few years, and we are proud of the work and leadership that our grantees have provided in developing the Pay for Success field. 

We look forward to seeing what lies ahead for these projects and the Pay for Success space broadly!

Lois Nembhard, Director (Acting)
Social Innovation Fund
Corporation for National and Community Service