Category Archives: Social Impact Bonds / Pay for Success

Pay for Success, Child Welfare Evidence Provisions Unexpectedly Struck from End-of-Session Bill

Two sets of provisions widely supported by child welfare and evidence advocates have been struck from a pending bill affecting the National Institutes of Health, called “21st Century Cures.” According to Congressional Quarterly: Two bills related to foster care and … Continue reading

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Pay for Success Legislation Nears Enactment

Update (11/30/16): The pay-for-success provisions have been unexpectedly dropped from the bill. SIRC’s original story follows below. Federal legislation that would authorize $100 million for pay-for-success projects (dubbed “Social Impact Partnerships”) has been attached to a larger end-of-year bill that … Continue reading

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No More “Deals”

One of the strengths of pay for success is that it brings together several distinct worlds in pursuit of a common goal, including nonprofits, government, and the private sector. As one might expect, however, the cultures of these different actors … Continue reading

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Social Innovation Fund Cut, Other Evidence Programs Funded in Senate Spending Bill

The Social Innovation Fund would be defunded under a FY 2017 spending bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 9. However, the bill included funding for other evidence-based programs, including $120 million for the successor to the Department … Continue reading

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Pay for Success Efforts Roll Forward in Congress, Administration

The still small, but growing, field of pay for success made significant strides this week, with Congress readying pay for success legislation and the Obama administration announcing a second round of grants through the Social Innovation Fund. House Readies New … Continue reading

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Medicare and Medicaid Continue Transition to Value-based Payments

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that 30 percent of Medicare payments are now tied to quality or value, nearly a year ahead of goals that it set for itself in early 2015. According … Continue reading

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The Emerging Flight Deck of Pay for Success

With authorizing legislation that would extend the concept now stalled in Congress, the Obama administration appears to be following an alternate path to supporting the small but growing model of performance-based government called pay for success. Like performance-based contracting, pay-for-success … Continue reading

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The Promise and Peril of an “Outcomes Mindset”

Late last year, the White House and a number of former Obama administration officials began rolling out an apparently coordinated campaign to promote an “outcomes mindset” for government and the social sector. Unfortunately, while this agenda includes many positive recommendations, … Continue reading

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AFSCME, Progressive Groups Criticize Pay for Success

One of the nation’s largest public sector unions, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), released a report on December 9 criticizing pay-for-success and social impact bonds. The report also listed a number of smaller progressive organizations … Continue reading

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