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SIF Work

U.S. Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success Program

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 will provide 9-12 months of technical assistance to determine whether PFS financing is a feasible way to improve child outcomes.

ICS is proud to be a SIF grantee and subgrantee

ICS uses an innovative coaching model, where jurisdictions commit specified staff to the project and are guided through the process of assessing the feasibility of PFS for improving early childhood outcomes. Through the coaching model, a result, staff in each jurisdiction will develop the expertise to carry forward any given project and, in later years, initiate new PFS deals. ICS will also continue to convene early childhood and PFS experts to promote collaboration and alignment in the early childhood PFS community as well as share information and knowledge developed develop through our work to benefit the field. In partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, ICS is also building the capacity of early childhood service providers. By the end of this project, we plan to increase the capacity for PFS in the early childhood community as a whole, reducing the cost of PFS-funded expansions in the early childhood space for years to come and propelling outcomes for our youngest children. Learn more about our process here.

In its first cohort, ICS worked the following jurisdictions. Findings from this cohort are available on our Pay for Success Feasibility Studies page.

  • State of Connecticut to explore the Triple P program;
  • City of Spartanburg, South Carolina to explore a continuum of services for families and young children;
  • Sonoma County, California to explore the Nurse Family Partnership and high-quality preschool; and
  • and Washington State to explore its Home Visiting Services Account.

ICS recently announced its second cohort of jurisdictions:

  • The Children and Families Commission of Orange County: the Neighborhood Resource Network (NRN) to significantly reduce abuse and neglect by providing evidence-based family supports. Children’s Home Society of California will act as the hub that connects all service providers. Through evidence-based interventions such as Triple-P and Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Orange County’s NRN aims to reduce child abuse, and neglect. The target population for this intervention is families with children ages 0-5 who have an initial Child Abuse Registry Report (CAR), or may be at-risk for one, but do not qualify for assistance from the Department of Social Services.
  • The City of Evansville, Indiana to assess whether Pay for Success (PFS) financing model could expand access to high quality preschool to the city’s three and four-year olds from low-income families. This project will focus on measuring and achieving increased kindergarten readiness. Evansville has displayed strong community investment and local business interest in the proposed PFS initiative, with the inclusion of project partners such as the SW Indiana Business Roundtable on Early Childhood Development.
  • The City of Tempe, Arizona is focused on implementing a comprehensive universal preschool program, working with Childsplay and the Tempe Elementary School District. Tempe is also considering home visiting programs (Parents as Teachers and Healthy Families America), and other programs. The target population for this intervention is city residents with children ages 0-5 who are living in poverty. Tempe aims to measure and achieve the following outcomes: increased school readiness indicator scores, increased reading scores, increased math scores, reduced need for special education services, increased earnings for parents, increased mental health supports for parents and children, increased family stability.
  • The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) to assess the feasibility of using a Pay for Success model for three pre-natal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs – Nurse-Family Partnership, Health Families America, and Parents as Teachers. Tennessee hopes to achieve improved maternal and newborn health, increased school readiness, a decrease in domestic violence, and a decrease in child abuse and neglect. The target population for the intervention is families living in poverty with children ages 0-5 in mostly rural areas, and also metropolitan counties such as Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, and Shelby.


The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—mobilizing private resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of results.

Authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April of 2009, the Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that empowers organizations to identify and support sustainable solutions that are already making a significant impact in transforming communities.

With the simple but vital goal of finding what works, and making it work for more people, the Social Innovation Fund and its’ grantees create a learning network of organizations working to implement innovative and effective evidence-based solutions to local and national challenges in three priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development.

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.To learn more about SIF’s Pay for Success work as well as learn about additional grantees, please visit their website.