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How early contract termination clauses help launch PFS projects

Last year, evaluators for the Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE) Program at Rikers Island—the first pay for success (PFS) project in the United States—determined that the program did not lead to reductions in recidivism for its participants.
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The strongest way to measure the success of a PFS project

Measuring the impact of spending on social programs is critical to making sure we get the most bang for our scarce government bucks. To discern impact, it is important to use evaluations that are as strong as possible—or risk making policy decisions based on faulty information.
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Can Orange is the New Black pay for success?

Netflix’s original series Orange is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman’s best-selling memoir, has been lauded for its honest and heartfelt portrayal of the lives of women in a minimum-security prison. It challenges the idea that anybody is wholly good or bad, shedding light on our justice system.
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How Urban PFSI’s Support Center brings value to the pay for success field

Pay for success (PFS) is by no means an easy model to navigate. That’s why in March 2015, the Urban Institute launched its Pay for Success Initiative to help guide, design, and assess PFS transactions across the country through tools and training that support PFS efforts and disseminate information among stakeholders.
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How much is school readiness worth to local governments?

Most people agree that there is a social benefit to having children enter school with the foundational skills and behaviors to prepare them for success in kindergarten. Can that benefit be quantified? What’s a reasonable amount to pay for preschool programs that successfully improve children’s outcomes?