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A prescription for fighting the opioid epidemic: Evidence-based policies and practices

With opioid use soaring, people who have become addicted to these drugs are not the only ones who may need assistance: The children of parents struggling with addiction are also affected, and may be at a higher risk for child abuse and neglect.
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Early results in Chicago’s PFS project indicate initial success

Last week, the Chicago Child-Parent Center Program became the third pay for success (PFS) project in the United States to release interim results, and the initial outcomes are promising. Among 325 children in the first cohort of preschoolers served, 59 percent were considered ready for kindergarten.
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How the U.K. pays for success

For governments that want to a straightforward way to pay for outcomes, rate cards offer an interesting but limited solution.
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Blog recap: Administration Nearly Doubles Number of "Pay for Success" Feasibility Studies

The White House is doubling down on pay for success (PFS). This week, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a federal program at the Corporation for National and Community Service, announced 25 new PFS feasibility studies across the country. Feasibility studies are an important part of PFS project development because they help jurisdictions determine the viability of the PFS model for their specific challenges, local organization capacity, and geography.
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PFS and early childhood: Understand the role of evaluation with ICS

Two key components of a pay for success (PFS) project— expanding programs with demonstrable evidence of outcomes, coupled with an evaluation strategy that can accurately gauge program impacts—require a clear understanding not only of the existing research on programs of interest, but also a more nuanced understanding of evaluation options for real-world programs.