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‘Government Only Pays for the Positive Outcomes.’ A Strikingly New Approach to Social Problems

Lenny Bernstein

Public Sector Solutions, Results-Based Funding

Pay for Success (PFS) projects essentially “monetize prevention” according to Tracy Palandjian, co-founder and CEO of Social Finance US. This Washington Post article describes PFS and how the model is being used in Connecticut, South Carolina, and Colorado to improve social outcomes.

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The approach recruits private companies and philanthropies to provide millions of dollars upfront for efforts aimed at difficult social problems. If they meet a series of measurable goals over a number of years, the states will pay them back with interest.

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Read CEO Tracy Palandjian's op-ed with David Gergen about Pay for Success projects in South Carolina and Connecticut.

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