SIPPRA: The Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act

Last Updated: July 2021

  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury selected a SIPPRA finalist application from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Social Finance. The project, which is set to receive $8.2 million in funding from the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor, will provide clean energy job training and wraparound support services to people who qualify as low income, for three years.
  • Social Finance supported five of the eight finalist applications for SIPPRA funding and is committed to serving as the intermediary on these projects. Learn more about the applications >>


The Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) was enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2018. SIPPRA appropriates $100 million to support the launch of state and local Pay for Success (PFS) initiatives over a 10-year period. It is 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. Social Finance worked closely with several government partners to submit applications for the initial round of SIPPRA funding.


The majority of Results Act funds has been allocated to support outcome payments.


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


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

Outcomes and Evaluation Funding Round

Outcomes and Evaluation Funding Round (Passed)

Applications Submitted May 2019 (Selection by November 2019)



Feasibility Funding Round


Summary of Requirements

SIPPRA outlines the following requirements for state or local government applicants to access feasibility study funding:

  • Submission of a Feasibility Study Applications (FSA), addressing the following:
      • Description of outcomes goals.
      • Description of the intervention, including the anticipated program design, target population, estimated regarding the number of individuals to be served, and setting for the intervention.
      • Evidence to support the likelihood that the intervention will produce the desired outcomes.
      • Description of the potential metrics.
      • Expected social benefits to participants (and others who may be affected).
      • Estimated project costs.
      • Estimated of federal, state, and local government savings (and other savings) if the project is implemented and outcomes are achieved as a result of each intervention.
      • Estimated timeline for implementation and completion (shall not exceed 10 years).
      • If an intermediary is used, the partnerships needed to successfully execute the project and the ability of the intermediary to foster such collaboration.
      • Expected resources needed to complete the feasibility study.
  •  State or local government will provide 50% of the estimated total cost of the feasibility study.
  • Completion and submission of the feasibility study to the Federal Interagency Council on Social Impact Partnerships within nine months of receiving funding.

SIPPRA Outcomes

The legislation outlines 20 priority outcomes across a spectrum of focus areas and target populations, including workforce development, health, education, criminal justice, veteran employment and well-being, and children and families. In fact, half of the outcomes funding granted under SIPPRA must be used for initiatives that directly benefit children.

Children and Families

  • Reducing teen and unplanned pregnancies.
  • Improving birth outcomes and early childhood health and development among low-income families and individuals.
  • Increasing the proportion of children living in two-parent families.
  • Reducing incidences and adverse consequences of child abuse and neglect.
  • Reducing the number of youth in foster care.
  • Reducing the number of children and youth in foster care residing in group hopes.
  • Reducing the number of children returning to foster care.


  • Increasing work and earnings by individuals who are unemployed for six or more consecutive months.
  • Increasing employment and earnings of individuals between 16-25 years of age.
  • Increasing employment among individuals receiving Federal disability benefits.
  • Reducing the dependence of low-income families on Federal means-tested benefits.
  • Improving the financial stability of low-income families.
  • Increasing the independence and employability of individuals who are disabled.


  • Reducing rates of asthma, diabetes, or other preventable diseases among low-income families and individuals to reduce the utilization of emergency and other high-cost care.
  • Improving the health and well-being of those with mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs.


  • Improving rates of high school graduation.
  • Improving educational outcomes of special-needs or low-income children.


  • Criminal Justice: Reducing recidivism among juvenile offenders or high-risk populations.
  • Homelessness: Reducing the rate of homelessness among our most vulnerable populations.
  • Veterans: Improving the employment and well-being of returning U.S. military members
  • Other measurable outcomes defined by state/local government resulting in positive social outcomes and federal savings.

Sample PFS Design Option templates related to these outcomes can be found below under SIPPRA Resources.

SIPPRA Resources

Please see below for resources for state and local governments interested in learning more about the opportunity to access SIPPRA funding.


Treasury Resources

Blogs and Webinars

Application Support

Social Finance has conducted 75+ feasibility studies across all issue areas identified in SIPPRA. We successfully supported government applicants during the first round of SIPPRA funding, with five government partners selected as finalists by the Results Act Commission. This positions us well to support governments to assess whether PFS is an appropriate tool to advance policy objectives, develop a PFS project design, and support strong applications to Treasury for SIPPRA feasibility funding.

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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

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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.

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