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Social Innovation Fund PFS Technical Assistance

Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success Technical Assistance

sif-partners-logoThe Institute for Child Success, a Grantee of the Social Innovation Fund’s (SIF) Pay for Success program, hosts a Technical Assistance Competition each year in which jurisdictions are competitively selected to receive technical assistance to help move them towards implementing Pay for Success (PFS) financing to improve outcomes for young children. Technical assistance is set to begin in the summer of 2017 for ICS’s third cohort of jurisdictions.

ICS’s technical assistance helps states and local governments determine whether to pursue PFS financing to begin or expand services for young children and their families. This technical assistance begins laying the significant groundwork needed to launch a procurement process for PFS—if the model is indeed found feasible for a particular jurisdiction.

Pay for Success financing is an innovative funding model that drives government resources toward social programs that prove effective at improving outcomes for the people who need them most. By utilizing private funding for up-front program costs, effective service providers—including nonprofits—have access to flexible and reliable resources to tackle critical social problems. By rigorously measuring the effectiveness of these programs over time, Pay for Success ensures increased accountability for government spending; taxpayer dollars are only spent on programs that succeed in improving people’s lives. See our PFS resources for more information.

ICS offers 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, staff in each jurisdiction develop the expertise to carry forward any given project and, in later years, initiate new PFS projects. ICS also convenes 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.

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.

2017 Awardees:

  • Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS): Oklahoma seeks to improve early childhood outcomes via a Pay for Success project that expands two-generation evidence-based programs in the Family Drug Courts in order to address challenges that can persist after traditional family reunification programs for substance-using parents.
  • The City of Tallahassee-Office of the Mayor: Tallahassee is interested in expanding high-quality early childhood education for children ages 0-5, as measured by the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), in Leon County’s designated Promise Zone.

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About the Social Innovation Fund

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.