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Urban announces second competition for PFS data TA and two new PFS data TA awards

We are pleased to announce the first two sites selected to receive training and technical assistance services (TTA) through the Urban Institute’s Pay for Success Administrative Data (PFS-AD) grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund.
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What the “skinny budget” does and does not tell us about pay for success

Two weeks ago, when the White House Office of Management and Budget released the president’s annual budget proposal blueprint, funding for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) was zeroed out as part of a proposal to eliminate funding for SIF’s parent agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
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Improving waste management through results-based financing

Results-based financing (RBF), the umbrella term for mechanisms like pay for success (PFS), can be appealing for improving outcomes in developing countries, which often face tight fiscal constraints and limited capacities to implement public programs. However, shifting political priorities can make sustaining these investments challenging.
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The development impact bond: Paying for better development outcomes

In 2013, the Center for Global Development and Social Finance UK created the concept of a development impact bond (DIB) by adapting the pay for success (PFS) model to international development challenges.
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The Social Innovation Fund's PFS investment: Partnerships by the numbers

We’ve written quite a bit about preparing for pay for success (PFS) projects; from understanding the program evidence base, to pricing outcomes, to the importance of rigorous evaluation design. But at the heart of any successful PFS planning activity are productive public-private partnerships.  These partnerships can be complicated.