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Pay for Success Feasibility Studies

The Institute for Child Success provides technical assistance to help jurisdictions use Pay for Success financing to improve outcomes for children and families under a grant from the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) in the Corporation for National and Community Service, with matching support from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, the United Way of Greenville County, and ReadyNation. ICS provides 9-12 months of technical assistance to determine whether PFS financing is a feasible way to improve child outcomes, resulting in a feasibility study for each jurisdiction. Learn more about our SIF work here.

ICS is pleased to release the findings from our first cohort of SIF-funded feasibility studies. For questions or to request additional supporting materials, please contact or the designated contact in each file.

  • State of Connecticut, exploring Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) expansion;
  • Sonoma County, California, exploring high-quality preschool; Sonoma County also explored an expansion of the Nurse-Family Partnership home-visiting program, but that baselines for preterm birth, emergency room visits and other PFS outcomes were already relatively low
  • City of Spartanburg, South Carolina, exploring a continuum of services for families and young children; and
  • State of Washington, exploring its Home Visiting Services Account, in partnership with Third Sector Capital Partners and Thrive Washington.

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.

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

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.