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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.

Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is currently funding a Preschool Pay For Success (PFS) Feasibility Pilot, supporting eight studies which will determine if PFS is a viable and appropriate strategy to implement preschool programs that are high-quality and yield meaningful results.  Supported by this program, ICS is conducting a PFS feasibility study in partnership with Legacy Early College, a public charter school in Greenville, SC – the only charter school funded for PFS feasibility analysis for preschool by the U.S. Department of Education in December 2016 and, ICS believes, the only charter school to undertake a PFS feasibility study in the U.S. to date. Learn more here.

Social Innovation Fund

ICS conducts feasibility studies 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 SIF-funded feasibility studies. For questions or to request additional supporting materials, please contact or the designated contact in each file.

Please click here for Cohort 1 feasibility study highlights. (September 14, 2016)

Please click here for Cohort 2 feasibility study highlights. (May 9, 2017)

Please click here for Cohort 3 feasibility study highlights. (July 2018)

Early South Carolina Studies

In February 2016, the state of South Carolina announced it was supporting an ambitious expansion of the Nurse-Family Partnership home visiting program through PFS funding. ICS was pleased to conduct the initial feasibility study that started this project, which can be read here.