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Government Performance Lab Receives $2.16M Grant

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.

GPL Announces Five New Jurisdictions to Receive Technical Assistance

mapThe 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 Projects Reach Important Milestones

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.

Arnold Foundation $7.4M grant

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation recently announced a $7.4M grant to the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab. The grant will support the GPL’s Performance Improvement projects, including work in Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Rhode Island. Read more.

GPL Announces Seattle as Government Partner

As part of our work with the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities initiative, we recently announced the selection of Seattle as a Government Partner. The GPL will work with Seattle on integrating data and evidence into city contracts to achieve better results. Read more.

Past highlights

Publications and Presentations

Professor Liebman Co-leads Discussion on Boston’s Use of Data

On April 4th, 2016, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston Faculty Chair Jeff Liebman and City of Boston CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge led a discussion of Boston's data efforts.  These efforts include revamping the permitting system and building the fire department's new Building Intelligence System. More information about the event can be found here, and a related policy brief can be downloaded here.

HKS PolicyCast Features Interview with Professor Liebman on SIBs

PolicyCast, the HKS podcast on public policy, politics, and global issues, featured an in-depth interview with Professor Liebman explaining why governments around the country are experimenting with Social Impact Bonds. Link to the podcast here.

Professor Liebman at South by Southwest

Professor Liebman moderated the “Cities Unlocking Impact” panel at South by Southwest, leading a discussion on how cities can use of data and outcomes-focused management strategies to tackle America’s toughest social problems. Panelists included Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht, Mayor Fischer of Louisville, and Mayor Liccardo of San Jose.

GPL Releases Policy Brief on Results-Driven Contracting

Results-driven contracting strategies help governments structure, evaluate and actively manage contracts to drive better performance with their contracted dollars. Read more.

Social Impact Bond Guide for State and Local Governments

Our guide for State and Local Governments considering Social Impact Bonds can be accessed here.

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Government Documents

Latest News

Mollie Foust, Government Innovation Fellow for Illinois, participated in a panel on social impact bonds hosted by Bond Buyer magazine and was quoted in a May 18th, 2016 article about the event. Read more.

"Investors earn max initial payment from Chicago’s ‘social impact bond" Sanchez, Melissa. Catalyst Chicago. 5/16/16.

“Child-parent centers boast strong results for kids, investors” Sanchez, Melissa. Catalyst Chicago. 5/16/16.

South Carolina Releases Pay for Success Contract - On May 27th, 2016, the South Carolina Department of Health And Human Services, Nurse-Family Partnership, and the Children’s Trust Fund of South Carolina released their Pay for Success contract. Read more.

Alameda County (CA) Releases a Request for Proposals - On April 26th, 2016, Alameda County requested proposals from intermediary services for their PFS project.  Read more.

"BSCC Awards Grants That Will Pay For Successes" The Board of State and Community Corrections California. 4/22/16.

Washington State Releases a Request for Information - Washington state released an RFI regarding a supportive housing PFS project on April 5th, 2016. Read more.

"Pay for Success: The First Generation" Nonprofit Finance Fund. April 2016.

Illinois Releases a PFS Request for Information - On March 15th, 2016, the Illinois Department of Human Services released an RFI for potential PFS projects. Read more.

Louisville Releases an RFP for a PFS Contract - On March 3, 2016, Louisville released its RFP for a PFS contract related to substance abuse treatment for individuals leaving the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections. Read more.

"Soura: New program aids prenatal, other needs" Soura, Christian. Herald Journal. 2/25/16.

"Biggest Week Yet for Pay for Success in the United States" Harvard Kennedy School. 2/17/16.

"Mayor Hancock Announces Social Impact Bonds to Serve First 25 Participants at North Colorado Station" Denver Department of Finance. 2/16/16.

"Gov. Nikki Haley announces $30 million expansion of Nurse-Family Partnership" Pardue, Doug and Lauren Sausser. The Post and Courier. 2/16/16.

"A New Public Finance Tool to Help the Most Vulnerable" Palandjian, Tracy and David Gergen. Time. 2/16/16.

"'Government only pays for the positive outcomes.’ A strikingly new approach to social problems." Bernstein, Lenny. The Washington Post. 2/16/16.

"SC expanding program to help new moms on Medicaid" Kittle, Robert. News13. 2/16/16

Nevada Releases a Request for Applications - On February 9th, 2016, the state of Nevada released a request for applications for its pay for success pre-k pilot program. Read more.

"Can Private Money Help Denver's Homeless?" Brasch, Sam. Colorado Public Radio. 2/8/16.

Denver's Social Impact Bond Contract - The city's first social impact bond contract, which addresses homelessness and mental health, was released in February of 2016. Read more.

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