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State of the Pay for Success Field: Opportunities, Trends and Recommendations

Jessica Blum, Michelle Ciurea, Marjorie Levin, Tyler Moazed, Allan Porowski, Alicia Sparks


May 19, 2016
Pay for Success (PFS) is an innovative contracting model that ties funding for an intervention to the achievement of outcomes or impacts in the community. PFS offers a way to deliver better outcomes, enabling government or other payors (for example, school districts or hospitals) to pay only for outcomes achieved – that is, to pay only for what works. The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a program of the Corporation for National & Community Service, launched an initiative to support the expansion of PFS in 2014. The SIF commissioned Abt Global to develop a number of reports and special topic briefs to provide insights into the PFS program. 

This report offers insight into the rapidly growing field of Pay for Success, elements of Pay for Success projects to date, opportunities for local and state governments and nonprofit service providers to learn from existing projects, and recommendations for the social sector to consider.
North America