Urban Institute
Senior Research Associate
Urban Institute
Principal Policy Associate, Research to Action Lab and Justice Policy Center; Managing Director, Pay for Success Initiative

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

April 13, 2017 - 11:36am

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.

Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic, in Providence Rhode Island, is developing a PFS project to improve the health of low-income residents through a comprehensive program that combines high-quality, pre-insured healthcare and health education programs. The second site, Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless in Charlottesville, Virginia, seeks to provide permanent housing and supportive services through PFS to local families struggling with housing instability. Both sites are in early stages of PFS development. For each site, the Urban team will conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and help the partners access, link, and analyze the administrative data needed to further their PFS planning. 

Over the next two years, Urban will provide TTA to up to eight sites on the spectrum of data issues related to PFS in an effort to move projects from planning to implementation using the most rigorous methods possible. This includes tackling the many barriers that have slowed or complicated past PFS efforts, including identifying where data live and how to access them; navigating complex legal and regulatory requirements around data sharing; establishing data sharing agreements and exchanging data securely; linking and cleaning administrative data; and analyzing data to inform PFS project development. A goal of this work is to help jurisdictions build local capacity to share and use data for PFS projects, as well as for general program development and evaluation.

If you, or others you know, would benefit from this type of assistance, we encourage you to check out our new—and simplified—PFS-AD application. We plan to select more PFS-AD sites in the coming weeks. Eligible applicants may be from across the US, and must be a nonprofit organization, public or nonprofit university, state or local government, tribe, or a faith-based organization. For more information about the upcoming application process, please contact [email protected]


The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts. SIF positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—using public and private resources to find and grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of results. The Social Innovation Fund focuses on overcoming challenges confronting low-income Americans in three areas of priority need: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. To learn more, visit www.nationalservice.gov/sif

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