Start Small, Think Big (Third Sector Capital Partners)

When job-seekers gain credentials and degrees, find employment or boost their earnings, use less public benefits, or escape the recidivism cycle, the mission of a local workforce board is being achieved.  For years, these outcomes have been aimed at, but not actually incentivized. Enter the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which gives workforce boards around the nation the opportunity to set aside funds that don’t expire during the traditional two-year funding cycle and can be tied to the achievement of outcomes that measurably improve people's lives.  Before tapping into these new WIOA Pay-for-Performance (P4P) provisions, workforce organizations have to go through a P4P “feasibility assessment” that produces a viable contracting strategy for measuring and paying for program outcomes.

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Speaking of success by learning English (Lowell Sun)

On Monday, the city launched a new Pay for Success Project. The English for Advancement program will provide language training and job placement for limited English speakers in Lowell seeking to advance their careers.

The workforce development program is a partnership between the city, state, Coalition for a Better Acre, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, International Institute of New England, and Jewish Vocational Service.

Yun-Ju Choi, executive director of the Coalition for a Better Acre, said they're thrilled to be part of bringing this project to the city, which has a long and celebrated history of immigration.

"Our goal is to help families in the Acre become economically self-sufficient, and workforce development is a huge component to get there," Choi said.

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Four Mass. Nonprofits Launch Pay-for-Success Program (Mass Nonprofit News)

March 19, 2018 — A consortium of four Massachusetts nonprofits today announced the launch of a pay-for-success, workforce development program that aims to provide language training and job placement for limited English speakers in Lowell seeking to advance their careers.

This is the third pay-for-success (PFS) initiative launched in Massachusetts, and the first PFS project in the nation to focus exclusively on workforce development. Its goal is to increase access to workforce development services, including vocational training, English language classes, job search assistance, and college-transitioning programming for approximately 2,000 adults over three years.

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Practice to Policy: The WIOA Pay For Performance Win And Its Impact On The Workforce System (Third Sector Capital Partners)

Every day social innovators and social innovation organizations across the country are measurably impacting communities and individuals. This Practice to Policy blog series lifts up the voices of the more than 70 organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition and our broader social innovation network by highlighting their outcomes-based solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems and why these solutions must be reflected in our federal policies. Today, Caroline Whistler, CEO and Co-Founder of America Forward Coalition member Third Sector Capital Partners, and Nicole Truhe, Government Affairs Director for America Forward write about the importance of the changes made in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to support a more outcomes-based contracting approach in how we allocate our federal workforce system dollars.

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Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds Named to ImpactAssets 50 for Seventh Consecutive Year (Living Cities)

Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Project ($650,000 investment): Through the provision of vocational English classes, skills training and job access, this $12.43M Pay for Success project improves economic outcomes for approximately 2,000 English language learners living in low-income neighborhoods in the Greater Boston area.

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Future of PFS: Center for Employment Opportunities and performance management in PFS (Urban Institute)

A Q & A with Christine Kidd, Director of Program Innovation, and Mary Bedeau, Deputy Executive Director at CEO-NYC

February 1, 2018 - 1:34pm

At the 2017 National Symposium on the Future of Pay for Success, the “Managing for Performance” panel brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss the role of performance management in the Pay for Success context. One of the panelists was Christine Kidd, Director of Program Innovation for the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). CEO is dedicated to providing immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. Founded and headquartered in New York City, CEO now offers services in 18 cities nationwide. CEO is the service provider in the first state-level PFS project in the country and has pursued other performance-based contracting models as well.

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Mayor de Blasio and the Rockefeller Foundation Launch "CareerLift" (The Official Website of the City of New York NYC)

NEW YORK—Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gabrielle Fialkoff, Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships, announced a $1.5 million new initiative, “CareerLift,” driven by the NYC Center for Youth Employment (CYE). Spearheaded by an $850,000 grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, the pilot aims to grow targeted opportunities for formerly out-of-school and out-of-work young adults to help them stay employed and advance in their careers. Through this investment, CYE, a project of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and its non-profit partners JobsFirstNYC and Social Finance will support vulnerable youth by working with private-sector employers to help reduce employee turnover rates and improve productivity. This project will also evaluate the feasibility of a “Pay for Success” model, in which employers assume the cost of job retention services only if proven successful — a first-of-its-kind funding model in the U.S. for employment retention services.

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CareerLift, a $1.5 million city initiative, will prepare young adults for workplace, advancement (amNewYork)

A new $1.5 million city initiative will help young adults entering the workforce to navigate job-related issues, as well as personal problems, that could impact their future careers.

The CareerLift initiative, slated for announcement Tuesday, will rely on two workforce development nonprofits — Seedco and Madison Strategies Group — to provide “navigators” to confidentially advise new employees in the food and office service industries. “Navigators” will address everything from handling disagreements with supervisors to acquiring an emergency loan when their car breaks down.

CareerLift will help young adults with limited education and work experience acclimate to entry-level jobs and identify opportunities to advance their careers, according to David Fischer, executive director of the NYC Center for Youth Employment, the public-private partnership behind the initiative.

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GOP Begins Rewrite of Federal Aid Law (Inside Higher Ed)

One of the most noteworthy, and probably controversial, of the bill’s ideas is to add completion-oriented performance-funding elements to federal grants for colleges that enroll large numbers of minority students.

This would be the first time that the federal government tied funding to graduation rates, a move that has become increasingly popular in state capitols.

The Journal reported that the bill would require historically black and Hispanic-serving institutions that receive targeted federal grants under Title III and Title IV of the Higher Education Act to graduate or transfer at least one-quarter of their students to remain eligible for the grant programs.

The committee also wants to encourage these minority-serving institutions to use grant money for “completion-focused initiatives such as pay for success, dual enrollment and the development of career-centered programs.”

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LaToya Cantrell the First Woman Elected Mayor in New Orleans (Governing)

But Cantrell wants to remove the traffic cameras Landrieu established that have "nickel-and-dimed" residents, she has said, and replace revenue lost because of that move with other funding. She also would improve upon Landrieu's jobs strategy by creating a "social impact" bond program that essentially could function as a city-led temp agency for disadvantaged residents.

She'll be expected, over the next six months, to fully outline to residents how she'll achieve those and other objectives, ahead of an inauguration bolstered by celebrations of the city's 300th birthday.

At her victory speech Saturday, she said she'd use that time wisely and build a well-equipped transition team.

She then wrapped things up using the plain-spoken vernacular she's become known for.

"Let's go get 'em," Cantrell said.

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