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Publications and Presentations


Opportunities for Special Education and Early Intervention in Pay for Success

Pay for Success (PFS) financing has the potential to bring new resources to the social sector and to make those systems more effective by helping government, service providers, and funders focus on outcomes for children. Special education is onearea where early investments in what works can help prevent larger costs of remedial services in the future, improving outcomes for children and their families. To this point, PFS projects that have considered special education have viewed special education services as an outcome to be avoided.

In this paper, we explore the goals of current PFS projects in their consideration of special education outcomes and also push the conversation to the next level: how can PFS be used to expand and improve services for young children with disabilities?

Pay for Success Financing for Child Care: Challenges and Opportunities

In this policy brief, we explore whether Pay for Success financing could be used to supplement (not replace) core government funding for child care for infants and toddlers, in order to increase access to and the quality of this vital service.

Climbing the Pay for Success Learning Curve: How a working group helped South Carolina understand and prepare for PFS financing

In 2013, the nonprofit Institute for Child Success (ICS) convened South Carolina government officials, service providers, local foundations, academics, legislators, and potential investors to learn about and discuss the potential of PFS financing to improve outcomes in the state.

Pay for Success Financing for Early Childhood Programs: A Path Forward

ICS believes that PFS holds enormous promise for improving children’s lives. ICS has already conducted a feasibility study of its potential to scale up early childhood programs, in particular the Nurse-Family Partnership, a successful program for low-income first-time mothers, in South Carolina. In this brief we share lessons we learned from analyzing the feasibility of PFS for the Nurse-Family Partnership and address how PFS financing might apply to the broader field of early childhood interventions.

Using Pay for Success Financing to Improve Outcomes for South Carolina’s Children

This study found that it is feasible for the state to use this mechanism to scale up proven early childhood programs such as the Nurse-Family Partnership, a home visiting program for low-income first-time mothers. Pay for Success could improve the health and prospects of the state’s youth and use public-private partnerships to make government more accountable and efficient.

Additional Resources (hosted on external sites)

Service Provider Readiness Questionnaire

This questionnaire enables those service providers who are in the initial phases of considering Pay for Success to quickly evaluate organizational readiness to pursue this model. Institute for Child Success is happy to have assisted Nonprofit finance fund in the development of this tool.

From Cashable Savings to Public Value Pricing:  Program Outcomes in Pay for Success

Center for American Progress
By JitinderKohli, Megan Golden, Joe Coletti, and Luke Bo’sher

Pay-for-Success Financing: A New Vehicle for Improving Population Health?

Population Health News
by Megan Golden

Taking Pay for Success Financing to the South

Stanford Social Innovation Review
by Joe Waters & Megan Golden


Pay for Success from the Provider’s Perspective
Webinar: September 11, 2015

The webinar elevated the voice of service providers in four major PFS projects in the United States:

  • Sam Schaeffer, CEO, Center for Employment Opportunities Service provider for New York State PFS transaction
  • Elizabeth Gaynes, President and CEO, the Osborne Association Service provider for New York City PFS transaction
  • Beth Mascitti-Miller, Chief Officer of Early Childhood Education, Chicago Public Schools Service provider in Chicago PFS transaction
  • Lili Elkins, Chief Strategy Officer, Roca Service provider for first Massachusetts PFS transaction

The recording is available here.