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How Seattle Used Results-Driven Contracting to Improve Homeless Services

May 15, 2017

“What we’ve got to do is establish performance expectations and work very closely with the providers that we are investing in to make sure they’re successful.” Learn more from Jason Johnson, the Deputy Director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, about the City’s efforts to improve outcomes of its homeless services using results-driven contracting and active contract management. The GPL provided technical assistance to Seattle on this project through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative. Listen here. … Read more about How Seattle Used Results-Driven Contracting to Improve Homeless Services

Increasing Vendor Diversity in St. Paul

April 13, 2017

Through the What Works Cities Initiative, GPL fellow Jen North and Senior Advisor Greg Wass worked with St. Paul to engage vendors, increase the number of vendor responses, and improve competition. Read more about how the city is building on these efforts to increase its vendor diversity and better understand why it wasn’t adequately reaching small, women- or minority-owned businesses. Expanding Opportunity in City Contracts: St. Paul’s Racial Equity Strategy. PolicyLink

What Excellence Looks Like in Local Government

March 30, 2017

In a recent brief, HKS Professor Stephen Goldsmith describes the GPL’s results-driven contracting work with the Boston Department of Public Works as one of his “case studies of platinum practices” highlighting jurisdictions that have made dramatic progress on initiative criteria such as measuring outcomes, impacts, or cost-effectiveness of key procurements and contracts. Read more

Professor Liebman Presents on State of the WWC Initiative

March 30, 2017

Jeff_wwc.jpegGPL 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.

Tackling Homelessness in Seattle

March 29, 2017

This new video discusses our What Works Cities project improving homelessness outcomes through results-driven contracting in Seattle. By restructuring its contracts, setting up a system to track performance, and actively managing its contracts with service providers, Seattle is making progress in connecting individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent housing. Watch the video

Winter 2017 GPL Newsletter

March 20, 2017

Read about some of the GPL's recent progress including technical assistance awards, launched projects, performance improvement work, and new publications. Read more

Social Impact Bonds 101

March 2, 2017

sibs_101.pngAs of March 2017, the GPL has provided government-side technical assistance on 9 of the 15 launched PFS projects in the US. This new GPL policy brief discusses the reasons that governments around the country are testing the Pay for Success approach.  It also explains the PFS model, describes PFS projects in the US… Read more about Social Impact Bonds 101

The GPL Awards TA to California, Connecticut, and Illinois

February 23, 2017

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