Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy
AISP is an initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through a grant to University of Pennsylvania Professors Dennis Culhane, School of Social Policy and Practice, and John Fantuzzo, Graduate School of Education. The principal aim of AISP is to improve the quality of education, health and human service agencies’ policies and practices through the use of integrated data systems. Quality integrated data systems are designed to help executive leaders in municipal, county, and state government evaluate and establish effective programs for the people they serve. From 2009-2012 AISP concentrated on three main objectives: promoting a professional network, establishing guidelines for practice, and demonstrating research and analytic capacities that integrated data systems enable. AISP’s activities during this time built support for the efforts of state, county, and municipal education, health and human service agencies to improve their use of data for policy analysis and program improvement. Currently, AISP continues to work on the above aims while focusing intently on the following three key goals:
- Developing the capacities of existing and new IDS sites
- Demonstrating uses of IDS for policy and program reforms
- Identifying opportunities for innovation in the development and use of IDS
Launched in 2007, America Forward helped inspire the creation of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, advocated for the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, and played a pivotal role in developing the Social Innovation Fund. We pursue a shared policy platform and collective advocacy agenda through America Forward Coalition-led Task Forces in the areas of Education,Workforce Development, and Pay for Success. Coalition members are invited to join any of our task forces and work directly with our team to create a collective policy platform that incorporates their individual priorities and strengthens our shared voice.
The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. For nearly 100 years, Brookings has analyzed current and emerging issues and produced new ideas that matter—for the nation and the world.
Corporation for National & Community Service - Social Innovation Fund
As part of the President’s vision for building a smarter, more effective government, Pay for Success (PFS) has emerged as an approach for government to partner with the private sector to fund proven and promising practices. PFS is an innovative contracting and financing model that leverages philanthropic and private dollars to fund services up front, with the government paying after they generate results. This strategy has gained strong bi-partisan support in Congress as a strategy for increasing return on taxpayer dollars while improving the quality of services provided in our communities.
The PFS Program aims to:
Strengthen and diversify the pipeline of governments and nonprofit organizations that are prepared to engage in PFS projects
Assess the potential of PFS to address a variety of social issues relating to diverse populations in diverse geographic contexts
Attract capital to high-performing institutions seeking to strengthen, grow, and sustain effective solutions for challenges facing low-income communities
Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action.
Centre for Social Impact Bonds
The Centre for Social Impact Bonds is a multi-disciplinary team and part of the Office for Civil Society and Innovation at the Cabinet Office. The Centre for Social Impact Bonds promotes the development of more and better social impact bonds.
The team provides expert guidance on developing SIBs, shares information on outcomes-based commissioning and supports the growth of the social investment sector.
Emma Tomkimson Blog
Emma Tomkinson is a social impact analyst living and working in Perth, Australia. She is particularly interested in the role of impact measurement in evidence-based policy, including policy related to social investment. She created the Social Impact Bond Knowledge Box for the Centre for Social Impact Bonds at the UK Cabinet Office and also developed the social impact bond concept for application in New South Wales, Australia. She is currently establishing Community Insight Australia (see below) and consulting to organisations considering social impact bonds.
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco is the headquarters of the Twelfth Federal Reserve District, which includes the nine western states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington—plus American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Of the twelve Federal Reserve Districts, the Twelfth District is the largest by geography and the size of its economy.
Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab
The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab conducts research on how governments can improve the results they achieve for their citizens. An important part of our research model involves providing pro bono technical assistance to state and local governments. Through this hands-on involvement, we gain insights into the barriers that governments face and the solutions that can overcome these barriers. By engaging current students and recent graduates in this effort, we are able to provide experiential learning as well.
Our technical assistance model generally involves placing a full time government innovation fellow on location with the government he or she is serving. We also provide some less intensive forms of technical assistance. Our fellows tend to be recent graduates with public policy, law, or business degrees.
Institute for Child Success
Launched in 2010, the Institute for Child Success (ICS) is a private, nonpartisan research and policy organization. ICS works to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all children. ICS supports policymakers, service providers, government agencies, funders, and business leaders focused on early childhood development, healthcare, and education - all to coordinate, enhance, and improve those efforts for the maximum effect in the lives of young children (prenatal to age five).
Founded in 1991, Living Cities harnesses the collective power of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to build a new type of urban practice that gets dramatically better results for low-income people, faster." "Pay for Success / We are investing in Pay for Success partnerships to test new ways of investing in human capital, and to develop a commercially viable market for doing so.
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Founded in 1980, NFF helps organizations connect money to mission effectively, and supports innovations such as growth capital campaigns, cross-sector economic recovery initiatives and impact investing. NFF's Pay for Success Learning Hub is a comprehensive resource. It contains information for those just learning about PFS and in-depth resources for those deep into PFS development. It also offers an up-to-date SIB Tracker showing the progress of PFS initiatives across the country.
Results First Clearinghouse Database
To assist policymakers at all levels of government in identifying evidence-based programs and making data-driven budget decisions, the project has created the Results First Clearinghouse Database. This one-stop online resource provides an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various interventions as rated by eight national research clearinghouses.
We exist to support the progress of the social enterprise community through impact investing. We work with nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and governments who demonstrate capacity for transformative social good, helping them to tap into the financial resources needed to sufficiently scale operations and deliver meaningful impact. By negotiating purposeful partnerships between leaders across sectors, we are able to accelerate funding that will result in greater societal benefits. Our clients are empowered with the confidence to make informed, insightful business decisions - knowing exactly what investments will and won’t work, and why.
Our mission is to simplify access to impact capital in order to scale innovations that drive true social change.
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ReadyNation is the preeminent business leader organization working to strengthen business through better policies for children and youth. Our members educate policymakers and the public about effective investments that will help business compete in today’s global marketplace, build a foundation for lasting economic security, and help children get on the right track to succeed in school and in life.
Social Finance US is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to mobilizing investment capital to drive social progress. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive, and that social impact financing can play a catalytic role in creating these opportunities.
Social Innovation Research Center
The Social Innovation Research Center (SIRC) is a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization devoted to increasing the impact of nonprofits and public agencies in the field of human services.
The Center’s work falls into three main categories: (1) reports and case studies on highly effective nonprofits and public agencies; (2) public policy analysis; and (3) coverage of major social innovation-related news based on interviews with leading experts, government officials, and front-line practitioners.
The Center is strictly nonpartisan. Coverage of particular organizations and their views in its online blog or email newsletter does not constitute endorsement by the Center.
Sorenson Impact Center
The Sorenson Impact Center is an applied academic institution at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business dedicated to catalyzing high impact programs, policies and investments. The Center works across sectors to develop and implement innovative and data-driven strategies to address difficult social problems.
Third Sector Capital Partners
Third Sector is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate America’s transition to a performance-driven social sector. In order to realize this vision, Third Sector is making Pay for Success a reality in the United States. Third Sector serves as a trusted advisor that leads governments, high-performing nonprofits, and funders in building collaborative initiatives that re-write the book on how governments contract social services, by funding programs that work, saving taxpayer dollars, and measurably improving the lives of people most in need.
Third Sector is a grantee of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund.
Our team brings extensive experience in developing innovative financing and contracting across the public and private sectors. We are highly versed in managing projects with diverse groups of stakeholders, economic modeling, fundraising, and evaluation/data analysis. Third Sector has offices in Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA and has clients across the United States. Learn more about our team.
University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab
The mission of the UVa PFS Lab is to research and efficiently advance viable Pay for Success (PFS) project models. The UVa PFS Lab works with local stakeholders during the early stages of project development to determine whether PFS will benefit their communities.
The U.S. Department of Education Pay for Success Initiative
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) supports initiatives that are based on evidence, focused on outcomes and improve education for students at all ages, including early childhood, elementary and secondary education, career and technical education, adult education, and post-secondary education. Pay for Success (PFS) is one of several strategies that ED can use to promote evidence-based policy. It is an innovative financing model that tests and advances promising and proven interventions, while providing taxpayer (or other) dollars only for successful outcomes for students, families, communities, States, and regions.
Urban Institute’s Pay for Success Web Portal
Funded by the Laura & John Arnold Foundation, the Urban Institute’s Pay for Success Initiative (PFSI) launched in March 2015. Over the next three years, Urban will serve as a knowledge intermediary for Pay for Success. The goal is not for Urban to make these deals, but to make each deal better by:
- Using expertise in evidence and evaluation to advise and improve Pay for Success deals
- Offering technical assistance to communities exploring PFS, including through our online Support Center
- Sharing best practices and promoting new ideas through stakeholder engagement
Resource for those interested in Pay for Success finance. The site maintains up-to-date news and media mentions, a 'Practitioner's Toolkit', general resources, PFS activity trackers, and other information.