Urban Institute
Senior Research Associate
Urban Institute
Project Associate
Urban Institute
Research Assistant
John Roman
Senior Fellow

An Introduction to Evaluation Designs in Pay for Success Projects

This brief provides a basic overview of evaluation designs to assist pay for success (PFS) stakeholders engaged in deal development. It focuses on comparison and its relation to various designs, and it presents key questions that PFS planners should address as they participate in evaluation design discussions. In PFS projects, strong evaluations are tasked with determining what happened, if the program caused these outcomes, and if outcome payments are triggered.

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