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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

See also: GPL Highlights, 2016

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.

See also: GPL Highlights, 2016

Three Pay for Success Projects Reach Important Milestones

February 16, 2016

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.

See also: GPL Highlights, 2016
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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

Professor Liebman Participates in Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

September 9, 2016

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. 

Professor Liebman Speaks on Two Panels

June 8, 2016

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.

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

April 4, 2016

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.

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DC Water Closes Historic Deal

September 29, 2016

"The DC Water and Sewer Authority closed on a historic deal Thursday, issuing the nation's first Environmental Impact Bond to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project." DC Water Closes Historic Deal. Bond Buyer Magazine. 

Arkansas Releases a PFS Request for Qualifications

September 14, 2016

With the aim of reducing the size of the state’s prison population, Arkansas issued a PFS RFQ for a program targeting individuals involved in the criminal justice system. The RFQ is divided into four parts: one overall bid solicitation document and three technical proposal packets for a service provider(s), financial intermediary, and project manager. 

Bond Buyer Magazine

May 18, 2016

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.

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