Challenging the Status Quo: Philadelphia's Exploration of Pay for Success

Many cities and states have begun to explore how Pay for Success (PFS) projects can improve outcomes. This report details Social Finance’s strategy in assessing the feasibility of the implementation of PFS in Philadelphia. The authors describe the analysis, research, and collaboration efforts required to inform a successful PFS project. The report also includes Philadelphia’s recommendations for other PFS initiatives focused on reducing recidivism rates of citizens returning from jail or prison and limiting out-of-county placements of system-involved youth.

“Enhancing the well-being of residents, including our most vulnerable citizens, requires a steadfast commitment to continuously improving government services. In order to achieve meaningful continuous improvement, policymakers must use data and evidence to drive decision-making.” -Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia (2008-2016)


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