We’re committed to helping public sector leaders learn and apply the principles of Pay for Success through collaborative training sessions and workshops.

What We Do


For government and public leaders in the early stages of exploring PFS concepts, we host brief introductory trainings, conducted virtually or in-person, in which we describe the principles of PFS, walk through real-world examples, explore design options, and discuss lessons learned from the field, before leading a group exercise to apply these tools and principles within participants’ communities. In the weeks after, we follow up with participants to strengthen ideas generated during the session.


Leadership Development

For government and public leaders interested in going deeper, Social Finance conducts both in-person and online trainings on 8 core concepts underlying PFS. We offer in-person sessions in or near our home communities (e.g., Boston, Austin, Bay Area); online trainings accompanied by integrated readings, graphics, and video clips; and full-day intensive, off-site bootcamp for 20-30 representatives of jurisdictions around the country.

During these trainings we examine the foundational concepts needed to understand PFS, problems in measurement and evaluation, and how to do PFS finding well, among other topics.



For government and public leaders who have begun to coalesce around a specific topic to apply PFS, Social Finance partners provide technical assistance to help catalyze meaningful action. We facilitate a full-day workshop, followed by 4-6 weekly group working sessions to lay the foundation an PFS funding mechanism. The incubator will help to define key outcome metrics, how to evaluate success, and a roadmap for project development.


Learn More

If you’re interested in learning more about or participating in our training efforts, contact Jake Segal, vice president, advisory services. And if you need additional PFS resources, see our publications.