Social Finance develops outcomes-based funding tools that directly link payment to outcomes to help governments clarify desired outcomes and generate measurable impact from social programs. Governments can use outcomes rate cards and outcomes-based contracts to promote transparency and accountability and increase impact by using taxpayer dollars more efficiently.
An outcomes rate card is a menu of outcomes that defines how much a government is willing to pay each time that a positive outcome is achieved. Outcomes-based contracts require clearly stated policy goals, a measurement plan to assess progress on those goals, and high quality implementation and data tracking. Rate cards can be used as a procurement tool to define all or part of payment in a service contract. They can also be applied at scale as part of contracts for service providers throughout a community or state.
Governments and philanthropies that are seeking to build a stronger link between outcomes and payments may be interested in exploring rate cards. For example, Social Finance has seen particular interest from governments in early childhood and maternal and child health services—we have partnered with six jurisdictions to design rate cards focused on home visiting and other early childhood interventions.
Social Finance has developed outcomes rate cards across the U.S. and continues to support governments and other stakeholders to develop rate cards and outcomes-based contracts through our Public Sector Practice.
Develop and implement a state-wide outcomes contract for home visiting with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, linking payment to outcomes that generate value to families and society, support two-generation impacts, and are linked to administrative data.
Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Outcomes Rate Card
Develop and launch a pilot outcomes rate card with Missouri’s Children’s Trust Fund to advance outcomes for children and families in Missouri and pave the way for broader adoption of Pay for Success within the state.
Outcomes-focused Texas Prevention and Early Intervention Programs
Partner with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: Prevention and Early Intervention program to embed outcomes-based practices into its contracting and management processes. The Episcopal Health Foundation generously provided funding for this project to improve the lives of children and families throughout Texas.
Workforce Outcomes Rate Card in Austin and Travis County, TX
Partner with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and a workforce development nonprofit to improve job placements, wage gains, and economic mobility in Central Texas.
Riverside County, CA Behavioral Health and Home Visiting Outcomes Rate Cards
Collaborate with First 5 Riverside to design and launch a scorecard for home visiting providers focused on maternal and child health, building on a previous outcomes rate card partnership focused on child behavioral health.
- “Outcomes rate cards: A path to paying for success at scale,” Social Finance
- “Contracting for change: Incorporating payment incentives for early childhood outcomes in maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting contracts in Connecticut,” Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
- “Innovations in Pay for Success: Outcomes rate cards,” Living Cities
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If you are interested in learning more about outcomes rate cards, contact Annie Dear.