In June, the entire GPL team convened for training and strategic planning. We are excited to be launching 20 new GPL fellows who will be working with governments across the country.
On June 15th, Governor Charlie Baker announced the launch of the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Pay for Success project. The project will provide vocational English language services and employment assistance to approximately 2,000 adult English language learners in Greater Boston with the goal of assisting successful transitions to employment, higher wage jobs, and higher education. This marks the 11th PFS project launched by a GPL government partner, out of 17 launched PFS projects in the U.S. Read more.
The GPL announced that it selected California, Connecticut, and Illinois to receive technical assistance developing performance improvement projects that apply Pay for Success principles to core agency services in areas including poverty alleviation, family stability, and higher education. Read more.
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. Five other Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab partner governments launched PFS projects in 2016. Read more.
Publications and Presentations
This GPL policy brief discusses lessons learned from the U.K.’s Troubled Families Programme (TFP), a national payment-by-results initiative aiming to improve outcomes for vulnerable families. TFP uses a whole-family approach to target families facing multiple issues, including with health, crime, unemployment, truancy, child welfare, and/or domestic violence. This brief draws on interviews and site visits with six local authorities who have used TFP to spur meaningful systems transformation in their local governments. Read more.
This policy brief describes strategies for increasing the share of government contracts with minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) based on the lessons learned from the GPL’s work with the City of Boston. The GPL helped Boston improve vendor diversity by streamlining procurement processes, expanding outreach and technical assistance for diverse vendors, and setting up a system to track progress on vendor diversity goals. The GPL’s pro bono technical assistance was provided through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative. Read more.
Active contract management (ACM) is a set of strategies that combine high frequency use of data and collaborative meetings between government agencies and service providers to improve outcomes from contracted services. ACM can empower leaders to detect and rapidly respond to problems, make consistent improvements to performance, and identify opportunities for reengineering service delivery systems. Drawing on the GPL’s engagements piloting ACM strategies with state and local governments across the country, this new policy brief describes the problems that ACM aims to solve, discusses the benefits of using these strategies, and outlines elements of effective ACM systems. Read more.
GPL Director Jeffrey Liebman presented at the 2017 What Works Cities Summit to an audience of 350 leaders from 91 cities across the country. Professor Liebman reflected on the state of the initiative and discussed the potential for results-driven contracting to improve outcomes nationwide.