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Cohort 3 Feasibility Studies

Oklahoma City, Okalhoma

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) studied the feasibility of using Pay for Success, an innovative financing mechanism, to improve outcomes for children and families through the expansion of Oklahoma County’s Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC) and two-generational support services. Pay for Success (PFS) financing, also called “Social Impact Bonds,” can bring new resources, new partners, and a new focus on outcomes to early childhood services. Oklahoma County was one of two jurisdictions selected to receive technical assistance from ICS in 2017 through the U.S. Social Innovation Fund’s PFS program. In addition to Oklahoma’s FDTC, the feasibility study focused on the following four programs:

  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catchup (ABC)
  • Celebrating Families (CF!)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

View the feasibility study highlights here.

 

Tallahassee, Florida

With support from the Institute for Child Success, the Office of the Mayor or Tallahassee and the Office of State Representative Loranne Ausley studied the feasibility of using Pay for Success, an innovative financing mechanism, to improve outcomes for children and families in Leon County’s designated Promise Zone (PZ). Pay for Success (PFS) financing, also called “Social Impact Bonds,” can bring new resources, new partners, and a new focus on outcomes to early childhood services. Tallahassee was one of two jurisdictions selected to receive technical assistance from ICS in 2017 through the U.S. Social Innovation Fund’s Pay for Success program. The feasibility study focused on doubling the reach of the Big Bend Quality Improvement System’s (QIS) early learning pilot in the Promise Zone, with a primary focus on Early Head Start. Keeping in mind the breadth of need within the Promise Zone, Tallahassee’s feasibility study expanded to include Family Connects, Healthy Families America, and Healthy Start.

At the direction of the Office of the Mayor, the latter half of this ten-month feasibility study prioritized program impacts, with the completion of steps not directly tied to impact postponed and likely to be completed after the official end of the feasibility study partnership. The study concluded that the use of Pay for Success financing to improve outcomes for children and families in Leon County’s Promise Zone is feasible on five out of nine indicators, corresponding to five of the key feasibility study steps already completed.

View the feasibility study highlights here.


This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) under Social Innovation Fund Grant No. 14PSHSC001. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, CNCS. Learn more about ICS’s SIF-funded work here.

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The Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund (SIF), and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
In 2009, President Obama authorized the creation of the Social Innovation Fund as part of the Corporation for National & Community Service to find solutions that work, and make them work for more people – by proving, improving and scaling effective models. SIF and its non-federal partners have invested nearly $1 billion in effective community solutions since the program’s inception. Launched in 2014, the SIF Pay for Success (PFS) program is designed to help cities, states, and nonprofits develop Pay for Success projects where governments pay service providers only when there are demonstrable results.