Request for Technical Assistance Proposals: Training and Technical Assistance Services for Pay for Success Projects

The Urban Institute is releasing a request for proposals (RFP) to offer pro bono training and technical assistance around pay for success (PFS) to communities across the country. The TTA will focus on stakeholder engagement, assistance with data access, collection and analysis, intervention design, and evaluation design. These services are designed to strengthen PFS projects by supporting the development of evidence-based interventions and rigorous, accurate evaluations. Work plans will be tailored to the needs of TTA recipients.


Procuring for Success

Pay for success (PFS) is designed to alter the way governments contract for services by encouraging a shift away from paying for activities to paying for outcomes. This shift may also affect how governments define the services they need, select providers, and establish the business terms that define provider relationships (i.e., the procurement process). This brief provides government stakeholders interested in PFS with important lessons on how a strong procurement process can improve PFS projects.


Ending Family Homelessness

The number of American families that are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless or housing insecure remains stubbornly high. The problem persists, not due to lack of solutions, but for two primary reasons: political will and artificial budget divisions. The pay for success (PFS) model for financing public services offers an opportunity for state and local governments to help overcome these hurdles. This paper considers this potential.


More Than Cost Savings

A popular benefit of the pay for success (PFS) model is its potential to finance programs that, if successful, will save governments more than they cost. But in practice, this limits the number of programs eligible for PFS. It also incorrectly assumes that most governments place little value on the non-fiscal benefits. With this reality in mind, this paper outlines a holistic framework that integrates potential fiscal and non-fiscal benefits, providing policymakers with clear and simple criteria when considering PFS projects.