Urban Institute
Training and Technical Assistance Manager

SIPPRA: What's next?

February 26, 2019 - 9:17am

Welcome to the final blog post of SIPPRA week!  If you are new to this series, be sure to check out our first post, FAQs from the NOFA, as well as our other posts with a tool for assessing projects, considerations for costs and evaluations, our early childhood education toolkit, and information about the US Commission and Interagency Council on Social Impact Partnerships.

Over the last week, we’ve been talking about the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) here on the blog. Increasingly, governments are prioritizing investing in outcomes-focused programs, policies, and practices, and SIPPRA is reflective of that shift. Since last Friday, the SIPPRA Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was officially published in the Federal Register, noting that applications are due by May 22, 2019 by 4:00pm. As a reminder, this NOFA is for outcome payments and evaluation of projects that meet eligibility criteria.

As you review the requirements detailed in the NOFA, you may find that you need further guidance around the application process.

If you believe that your project has the potential to be eligible for SIPPRA, but have questions about key components of your proposed project, Urban’s subject matter and technical experts can help determine whether SIPPRA is right for you and answer your questions. Please submit questions to the Ask an Expert portal with your questions, and we can coordinate with you to see whether an hour-long consultation on the following areas would be helpful.*

  • Designing rigorous evaluations, including randomized control trials and quasi-experimental designs;
  • Reviewing key components of pay for success (PFS) projects;
  • Selecting interventions and tracking outcomes for programs that directly benefit children;
  • Estimating cost savings; and
  • Developing data collection systems.

For sites that want to engage in outcomes-based contracting but conclude that current SIPPRA funds are not the right fit due to the federal cost savings requirement, the focus on outcomes that are not specific to your program, inability to gain partner support, or other reasons, Urban‘s resources can help. Check out our Pay for Success Project Assessment Tool that helps sites identify the elements of a strong PFS project and our new brief on outcomes-based financing. Urban will also update our website with additional information and potential resources when Treasury announces that an additional funding opportunity for PFS feasibility studies is available (likely later this year).

Lastly, as questions are submitted to our technical assistance providers and we learn more about SIPPRA, Urban will regularly update our SIPPRA page with relevant news and information. Urban experts will also be available to provide training and technical assistance to specific outcome-based contracting questions, even if you are not eligible for SIPPRA, through our Ask an Expert portal or directly through pfssupport@urban.org.

 For more resources to guide you in your SIPPRA application, be sure to consult the Urban Institute’s full SIPPRA week blog series and SIPPRA page. Also please join us on Thursday, February 28th, please for a webinar to learn more about these new federal funding opportunities for PFS projects. Our team will review key takeaways from the SIPPRA NOFA and answer your questions about PFS.

*Please note: Urban Institute’s subject matter experts do not have additional knowledge about eligibility requirements for receiving SIPPRA funds outside of what is detailed in the NOFA. Urban can offer insights and recommendations from staff who have extensive experience leading evaluations, engaging in technical assistance around PFS, and using data to gather key outcomes.  All questions specific to the NOFA eligibility requirements or other expectations can only be determined by the US Department of Treasury and should submitted to their SIPPRA email address.

Have a Pay for Success question? Ask our experts here!

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