Outcomes Rate Card Development Competition

Round 2 of the Outcomes Rate Card Development Competition is now closed. Stay tuned for an announcement of the awardees in Spring 2018.

Social Finance is seeking government and/or nonprofit applicants nationwide to receive free technical assistance to develop outcomes rate cards, a Pay for Success contracting approach to 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 will select up to four applicants to receive technical assistance in order to develop an outcomes rate card, procure service providers to deliver on target outcomes, and launch Pay for Success projects with those providers.

Application Information:

The full Request for Applications is available for download.

To apply, please email your complete application to solicitations@socialfinance.org [Subject line: Outcomes Rate Card] no later than 5:00 PM EST on January 31, 2018.

Competition FAQ (updated 01/16/2018)

Questions can be directed to Annie Dear at adear@socialfinance.org.

Webinar Information:

Social Finance hosted two informational webinars for prospective applicants on December 13, 2017 at 2 pm EST and on January 11, 2018 at 3 pm EST.


Important Dates:

December 5, 2017: Competition Launch
December 13, 2017: First Webinar
January 11, 2018: Second Webinar
January 15, 2018: Optional Notice of Intent to Apply
January 19, 2018: Deadline to Submit Questions
January 31, 2018: Completed Applications Due by 5 p.m. EST
March 26, 2018: Selections Announced


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.

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.