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Urban announces two additional recipients of PFSI training and technical assistance

We are pleased to announce two new sites have been selected to receive training and technical assistance services (TTA) through the Urban Institute’s Pay for Success Initiative (PFSI). This is our next round of PFSI TTA sites, building on awards announced in early 2016 and those selected in 2017 through partnerships with other PFS organizations.
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Changing service delivery procedures during implementation

PFS projects provide lessons for government that extend beyond the project itself. The knowledge gained can have substantial value even if the intervention is falls short of its outcome targets. This blog is the first of a three-part series that explores such opportunities to learn:
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Learning how the PFS intervention affects demographic subgroups

PFS projects provide lessons for government that extend beyond the project itself. The knowledge gained can have substantial value even if the intervention is falls short of its outcome targets. This blog is the second of a three-part series that explores such opportunities to learn:
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Tracking additional indicators to understand what works

Rigorous evaluation of social programs can provide valuable lessons for government. For pay for success projects, which place such evaluation at their core, there are lessons to be learned even if the project does not meet agreed-upon outcomes.This blog is the first of a three-part series that explores opportunities to learn:1. what other indicators are important for understanding program quality2. how the intervention affects the people it served
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Future of PFS: Expanding access to high-quality preschool in Tempe, Arizona

While there are around 80 pay for success (PFS) projects under development in the US, only 20 have formally launched. Others may never launch, because for one reason or another, PFS financing isn’t the best option for those projects. Our 2017 National Symposium on the Future of Pay for Success featured a panel on what happens when PFS projects turn out to not be feasible.