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.
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.
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.
Publications and Presentations
Professor Liebman, who was named to the congressional Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in April, attended the second meeting of the Commission on September 9th. As part of its work to strengthen the government’s evidence-building efforts, the Commission heard from experts presenting on federal and state approaches to privacy, confidentiality, and data security issues.
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.
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy hosted a symposium, the Conversation on the Future of Adult Literacy, on June 8th, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Professor Liebman joined Karen Cator, CEO, Digital Promise; Rusty Greiff, Managing Director, 1776; Jeanne Allen, CEO, Center for Education Reform; and Governor John Engler, President, Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan, on a panel titled “Uncovering Bold Ideas.”
On May 19th-20th, 2016, Professor Liebman traveled to the University of Oxford for the Blavatnik School's Challenges in Government conference. Professor Liebman served on a panel titled “Unleashing New Forces for Good: Increasing Social Impact,” which was chaired by Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government. Discussion focused on improving government engagement with private and non-profit stakeholders in order to increase positive outcomes for society. More information about the conference can be found here.
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.
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.