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Helping Texas Families Thrive

Public Sector Solutions, Children & Families, Health


42,000Families in Texas received improved early childhood support services


Service providers engaged

The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program, a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services focused on preventing poor child health outcomes (e.g., preterm births, instances of child injury, or developmental issues), partnered with Social Finance to embed outcomes-based practices into its contracting and management processes.


  • Improve service delivery quality and more effectively leverage taxpayer dollars.
  • Better align policy, programming, funding, and contracting decisions with priority outcomes.
  • Improve data quality and sharing among PEI, its external service providers, and other stakeholders.

The Work

Social Finance leveraged funding from the Episcopal Health Foundation to develop and implement the Quality Incentive Project (QIP), a scorecard allowing providers to earn points for “above and beyond” achievement of priority outcomes and processes. This included:

  • Metric selection: Social Finance identified a set of three metrics that were aligned with PEI policy priorities, measurable using existing data systems, universally applicable across all providers, and aligned with the underlying program models and evidence base. These metrics included resilient youth and child safety, behavioral change analysis, and enhanced data collection.
  • Scorecard design: Social Finance designed a scoring mechanism that drew on data from PEI’s reporting system and assigned different point totals based on a provider’s performance against a given metric. Each provider receives a quarterly scorecard with their scores; the underlying data driving the scores; and low, median, and high benchmark scores compared to similar PEI programs.
  • Provider engagement: Social Finance led conversations with providers throughout the project to gather feedback and keep them informed, including focus groups to inform metric design and a series of four webinars introducing the mechanics of QIP.
  • Ongoing troubleshooting: After QIP launched, Social Finance worked with PEI to identify and respond to challenges with data collection and analysis, scorecard calculations, and provider communications.

Quality Incentive Project: Deliverables Overview

PEI Priority Summary Definition Max. Deliverable Score
Resilient Youth and
Safe Children
A measure of provider effectiveness in reducing the rate of juvenile delinquency (youth) and cases of abuse (children). 20-60 points
Provider Behavioral Change Analysis A deliverable that captures the consistent use of tools that measure behavioral change, including survey match, survey completion, and persistent program participation. 30 points
Enhanced Data Collection A measures of the accuracy and speed of data collection. 10 points
Social Finance helped us operationalize tools to understand outcomes from our nine programs that serve 60,000 children and youth every year. From design to implementation, they provided consultation and technical assistance that has been professional and specialized.

Sarah Abrahams

Deputy Associate Commissioner, Texas PEI

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The Results

130Implemented QIP for 130 service providers across nine program strategies

$105MBudget for the Texas PEI program

Developed a quarterly data dashboard to share with providers to improve performance management activities and drive a more outcomes-based culture


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