On September 29th, the DC Water and Sewer Authority issued the nation’s first Environmental Impact Bond. This $25 million bond issuance will fund the initial green infrastructure installation in DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project – a project that aims to reduce combined sewage overflows (CSOs) into the Anacostia River, Potomac River, and Rock Creek tributaries. Read more.
On September 28th, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced the launch of the Department of Children and Families’ PFS project. The project will expand treatment by Family Based Recovery (FBR) clinicians providing substance use recovery and parenting support services to approximately 500 families in order to increase family stability and prevent removals of children from their homes. Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner Rafael Lopez, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz, and Social Finance CEO Tracy Palandjian participated in the launch event round table along with FBR case workers and families who had received FBR services. Read more.
Michigan formally announced the launch of a PFS project, developed with GPL technical assistance, to expand the Strong Beginnings program, an initiative that provides expanded home visiting services to high-risk pregnant women, with additional services for children extending from infants to age 2. The project partners held their first Executive Committee meeting this week. Read more.
The Social Innovation Fund awarded a $2.16M grant to the GPL to support its work of providing technical assistance to state and local governments developing projects using Pay for Success tools and methodologies. The GPL will hold an open competition and select up to five jurisdictions to receive technical assistance, which will include support with outcomes-based contract drafting, procurement of service provider and evaluator, identification of outcomes and payors, implementation of active contract management strategies, and evaluation plan design. Read more.
The GPL will provide technical assistance to Baltimore, MD, California, Louisville, KY, Houston, TX, and Vermont to explore the use of Pay for Success in policy areas including early childhood, criminal justice, emergency response, and substance use. This technical assistance is awarded as part of the GPL’s 2015 call for applications and is funded by the Bank of America, the California Endowment, the Corporation for National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund, and the Pritzker Children’s Initiative.
Three Pay for Success (PFS) projects receiving technical assistance from the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) reached important milestones during the week of February 16th, 2016. Denver, South Carolina and Connecticut each made announcements that their Pay for Success projects are about to begin delivering critical services to vulnerable populations. Read more.
Publications and Presentations
GPL Assistant Director Hanna Azemati and Professor Liebman coauthored a chapter in the Manhattan Institute’s newly published book, Retooling Metropolis. Based on the Government Performance Lab’s work with cities, this chapter discusses cities’ top ten contracting and procurement challenges as well as how cities can address these by treating procurement as a strategic priority and managing contracts in an active and performance-focused way. Case studies of exemplary approaches to procurements and contracts include Boston’s problem-focused website redesign procurement, Seattle’s reform of the structure and management of its homeless services contracts, and Denver’s Pay for Success contract for supportive housing services. Read more.
The City of Seattle is implementing a results-driven contracting project with five homelessness service providers. With technical assistance from the GPL, Seattle has rewritten its contracts to focus on the goals of achieving permanent housing stability for homeless individuals and families. On September 29th, 2016, the City of Seattle and the GPL co-hosted a convening introducing the project and featuring panels with representatives from Seattle’s Office of the Mayor and Human Services Department and officials from the cities speaking on the challenges and successful strategies for addressing homelessness as well as the role of data in driving progress. The GPL’s pro bono technical assistance to Seattle was provided through the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative. To learn more about his project, see our new policy brief.
A recent visit to Oxford to participate in the Blavatnik School's Challenges in Government conference afforded Professor Liebman an opportunity to reflect on the transatlantic development of Pay for Success contracts. See the Oxford Government Review article here.