PFS Guidance: Briefs and Reports


Performance-Based Strategies

Governments and other funders of social services are increasingly interested in ways to measure, incentivize, and emphasize performance as part of planning and budgetary decisionmaking. Ongoing innovation in the field has led to the development of creative strategies and ideas with an abundance of terms used to describe them. Different stakeholders often use different terminology for the same or similar concepts and no standard framework exists for grouping, understanding, or comparing the various strategies.


Funding Home Visiting with a Pay for Outcomes Approach

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 provides new authority for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program awardees “to fund evidence-based home visiting on a pay for outcome basis.”1 Pay for outcomes (PFO) can refer to a range of strategies and financing methods that link government payments to improved outcomes and reduced costs.


Building an Outcomes Orientation for Service Providers

Service providers are critical partners in making progress on many challenging social issues. They are at the front line of service delivery, and they inform public strategies on behalf of the vulnerable populations they serve. Increasingly, they are asked to adapt to outcomes-oriented approaches that are promoted by governments and other funders to find programs that effectively address stubborn social challenges and combat emerging ones.


Collaborating to Assess the Feasibility of the Legacy Early College PFS Program

Quality early childhood education is an essential building block of academic success. This is especially true for children in low-income families and children learning two languages, who stand to gain the most from these programs. But current funding levels for public prekindergarten (pre-K) and other accessible options are not sufficient. One promising new model for funding is pay for success (PFS). PFS focuses on improving outcomes and measuring the impact of change.