In 2017 and early 2018, Social Finance hosted a nationwide competition, selecting six governments and nonprofits to receive free technical assistance to develop outcomes rate cards. The Pay for Success contracting approach can serve large constituencies by defining outcomes (e.g. getting a job, maintaining employment, boosting earnings) and paying providers as they achieve those outcomes.
Social Finance is working with each awardee to develop an outcomes rate card, procure service providers to deliver on target outcomes, and launch Pay for Success projects with those providers.
Round 1 Service Recipients
On May 31, 2017, Social Finance announced the first round of awardees for the Outcomes Rate Card Development Competition.
Yale Child Study Center and Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
The Yale Child Study Center and Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood, a state agency, will build on the state’s history of collaboration and experience with Pay for Success to design an outcomes rate card addressing early childhood outcomes. The partners will work with Social Finance to analyze data from the state’s Early Childhood Information System and identify the issues of greatest need facing the state’s young children and their families. Together, they will develop an outcomes rate card to support outcomes-based projects addressing the identified area of need.
“Connecticut has been a national leader in Pay for Success thanks in large part to the state’s collaboration with Social Finance and the Yale Child Study Center,” said David Wilkinson, Commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood. “We are excited to be selected in this competition to work together again as we seek to make the promise and potential of PFS achieve broader reach more efficiently. Government and service providers share a mission of generating positive outcomes, so it makes sense to align payment with the outcomes we want to see.”
“This award allows us to apply the rigorous research at the Yale Child Study Center on effective interventions for children and their families in our relationships with government and policy partners,” –Dr. Linda Mayes, Professor and Director of the Yale Child Study Center, co-Principal Investigator
“In this partnership with OEC and Social Finance we are most enthusiastic about the increased likelihood that government partners and program directors will focus on payment for and dissemination of interventions that are the most likely to be transformative in the lives of families.” –Dr. Megan Smith, Associate Professor, Yale Child Study Center, co-Principal Investigator
Riverside County Executive Office (CA)
Riverside County Executive Office will develop an outcomes rate card to improve services for Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP). Incarceration in county jails and state prisons is a growing challenge in Riverside County, imposing a substantial social and economic burden on the community. Children of Incarcerated Parents face a range of challenging circumstances that put them at a higher risk for adverse health outcomes, low academic performance, and diminished economic opportunity. An outcomes rate card will help Riverside County expand the range of services needed to adequately support CIP, driving resources toward high-quality service providers and meeting the diverse needs of impacted children to help set them up for long-term success.
“The Riverside County Executive Office is honored to be selected as a service recipient. We will use the Outcomes Rate Card to develop a proactive model to reduce the incarceration rate by intervening early in the lives of children who experience risk factors that make them more susceptible to future incarceration,” said Brian Nestande, Deputy County Executive Officer, Riverside County.
Round 2 Service Recipients
On April 4, 2018, Social Finance announced the second round of awardees for the Outcomes Rate Card Development Competition.
Fairfax County, Virginia
Fairfax County, Virginia will partner with Social Finance to develop an outcomes rate card that improves outcomes for low-income and immigrant families, through its Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 and Families Reunite programs. Strengthening Families is an evidence-based program with evaluations demonstrating the program’s effectiveness at preventing child abuse and neglect, improving parent-child relationships, and preventing risky behavior (such as substance use) among children. Families Reunite serves reunifying families, who are at increased risk for academic problems, gang involvement, substance use, and mental health problems. The outcomes rate card will prioritize positive outcomes across these dimensions.
The Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) will work with Social Finance to develop an outcomes rate card for Ohio’s home visiting system to improve outcomes for low-income, at-risk expectant parents. This is part of a broader effort to redesign the department’s home-visiting system and shift toward performance-based contracting. Through this outcomes rate card, ODH aims to reduce its infant mortality rate and address the racial disparity in infant mortality.
United Way of Anchorage
United Way of Anchorage will partner with Social Finance to develop an outcomes rate card that expands Permanent Supportive Housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, who are frequent users of the criminal justice and health care systems. Social Finance will work with project partners to understand the value of key outcomes including housing stability, reduced recidivism, and reduced use of emergency services and identify how that value accrues across different stakeholders. They will then structure an outcomes rate card to support permanent housing and supportive services in Anchorage and Mat-Su Borough. The project will be part of the first Pay for Success approach implemented in Alaska.
Workforce Solutions Capital Area
Workforce Solutions Capital Area will receive technical assistance from Social Finance to plan, design, and execute an outcomes rate card that targets educational and employment outcomes in Austin and Travis County, Texas. Services will target residents of low-to-moderate income to improve limited education and language skills, credential completion, job placement, retention, and earnings. This project represents an innovative collaboration with a local workforce board.
The Outcomes Rate Card Development Competition is an open and fair competition is supported through funding awarded to Social Finance in 2016 by the Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.