Illinois Launches PFS Project

November 18, 2016

On November 18th, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced the launch of the  Illinois Dually-Involved Youth Pay for Success Initiative. The project will expand therapeutic and wraparound services to over 800 youth across the state who are simultaneously involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, with the goal of reducing their high recidivism and institutionalization rates as well as increasing wellbeing and transitions to adulthood. Illinois is the sixth Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab partner government to launch a PFS project in 2016. Read more.

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DC Water Launches Nation's First Environmental Impact Bond

September 29, 2016

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. 

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Connecticut Launches PFS Project

September 28, 2016

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

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Michigan Launches PFS Project

September 23, 2016

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.

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Government Performance Lab Receives $2.16M Grant

May 10, 2016

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.

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GPL Announces Five New Jurisdictions to Receive Technical Assistance

April 17, 2016

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.

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Outcome and Process Metrics Developed for Seattle’s Homeless Services Contracts

January 17, 2017

homelessness_metrics.pngAs part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, the Government Performance Lab (GPL) helped Seattle’s Human Services Department develop outcome and process metrics for their homeless services. The GPL is publishing this list of recommended metrics with the goal of helping other governments seeking to adopt a data-driven approach to managing their homeless services contracts. Read more. 

Using Results-Driven Contracting to Improve Metro-Boston’s Bike Share Procurement

January 4, 2017

This new GPL policy brief describes metro-Boston's use of results-driven contracting in its procurement for an operator of its bike share system, Hubway. Boston and the other three participating municipalities that host the system leveraged this procurement to improve the user experience and expand their station network. The GPL provided pro bono technical assistance to Boston and its partners on this procurement through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative. Read more. 

Manhattan Institute Chapter on Improving City Procurement 

October 4, 2016

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

City of Seattle Launches Results-Driven Contracting Project to Address Homelessness

September 27, 2016

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

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South Carolina Releases Pay for Success RFI

December 13, 2016

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released a request for information (RFI) on adapting PFS methods to managed care incentives in order to improve health and social outcomes for medicaid beneficiaries. Read more

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