The Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act

Social Finance is providing free technical assistance for up to four government partners interested in applying for Results Act funding. Learn more about our Results Act Incubator.

The Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (the Results Act) was enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2018. The Results Act appropriates $100 million to support the launch of state and local Pay for Success initiatives over a 10-year period. The Results Act presents an opportunity for state and local governments to leverage federal funding to tangibly advance their policy objectives, deliver measurable results for individuals and communities in need, and catalyze the incorporation of outcomes-driven practices into funding and contracting decisions.

Results Act Funding


The majority of Results Act funds, up to $75 M, has been allocated to support outcome payments. (Of this amount, up to $20M can be allocated to administrative costs).


Up to $15 M of Results Act funds has been allocated to support evaluation costs for Pay for Success projects.



The remaining $10 M of Results Act funds is dedicated to supporting Pay for Success feasibility, though Results Acts support can only account for 50% of feasibility funding.

The Results Act outlines twenty priority outcomes across the spectrum of focus areas and target populations, including workforce development, health, education, criminal justice, veterans’ employment and well-being, and children and families – in fact, 50% of outcomes funding granted under the Results Act must be used for initiatives that directly benefit children.

Social Finance will support governments to take advantage of this historic opportunity by providing application assistance and conducting government and market education. Please contact us at to learn more.

What is Pay for Success?

Pay for Success aims to measurably improve the lives of people most in need by driving resources toward better, more effective programs.

At its core, Pay for Success is a public-private partnership which funds effective social services through a performance-based contract. Pay for Success projects enable federal, state, and local governments to partner with high-performing service providers by tapping private investments to expand effective programs.

If, following an independent evaluation, the program achieves predetermined outcomes that benefit society and generate value for government, then government will make outcomes payments to investors. However, the government pays only at the level of outcomes achieved.

Learn more about our work building Pay for Success projects across the country.

Spotlight: Children and Families

Decades of research has demonstrated the importance of stable home and family environments for healthy physical, cognitive, and social and emotional child development. Supporting parental mental and physical health and economic stability will help strengthen families and give children a better start from the very beginning.

Connecticut Family Stability Pay for Success Project

South Carolina Nurse-Family-Partnership Pay for Success Project

Blog: Pay for Success in Education

A Landmark Moment for Pay for Success

“SIPPRA represents an enormous opportunity to more deeply embed Pay for Success in our governmental infrastructure, better providing critical services to those in need and accelerating systems-level change.”

 – Tracy Palandjian and Matt Bannick

Our CEO, Tracy Palandjian, and Managing Director at Omidyar Network, Matt Bannick, wrote a blog about the historic importance of the Social Impact Partnerships Pay for Results Act and the opportunity it presents to nurture a performance-based mindset in state and local governments nationwide. Read more in A Landmark Moment for Pay for Success.

Additional Resources for the Results Act

Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act — Text of the Results Act legislation


Frequently Asked Questions — Released by U.S. Department of Treasury, which is overseeing the Results Act funds


Results Act Fact Sheet — Social Finance’s printable flyer about the Results Act and Pay for Success


SIPPRA: Little Known Legislation with Big Implications — Blog by Nicole Truhe, former Government Affairs Director at America Forward


Investors, mine for diamonds in your own backyard — Op-Ed by Jim Sorenson,  founder of the Sorenson Impact Center at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and the founder of the Sorenson Impact Foundation