Our Projects

Our launched projects are delivering services to people in need across the United States.

Browse through our projects below, expand boxes to read more, and filter by region, issue area, or project stage.

Region
Issue Area
Project Stage
Project NameGovernment Payor/ClientProject StageIssue AreaRegion
Salt Lake County PFS: Persistently Homeless ProjectSalt Lake CountyLaunched ProjectsHousingWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Salt Lake County has engaged Third Sector as a consultant to help the County explore implementing multiple Pay for Success projects in issue areas relevant to the County’s mission and services. Third Sector is working in partnership with the County, two local non-profits and other community stakeholders to develop two projects, one focused on high-risk criminal offenders and the other focused on the persistently homeless.

Salt Lake County PFS: Criminal Justice ProjectSalt Lake CountyLaunched ProjectsJusticeWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Salt Lake County has engaged Third Sector as a consultant to help the County explore implementing multiple Pay for Success projects in issue areas relevant to the County’s mission and services. Third Sector is working in partnership with the County, two local non-profits and other community stakeholders to develop two projects, one focused on high-risk criminal offenders and the other focused on the persistently homeless.

Oregon – Pay for Success: Marion & Multnomah CountiesMarion County and Multnomah CountyFeasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundJusticeWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector will work with Marion and Multnomah Counties to conduct PFS feasibility in partnership with the national nonprofit Youth Villages and its Intercept program, with the goal of reducing crime and systems involvement for youth ages 13-18 assessed at medium or high risk of committing further delinquent acts and at-risk of further placement in a youth correctional facility at the Oregon Youth Authority.

This project is one of three within the state of Oregon receiving an intensive technical assistance award within the issue area of youth development and success, specifically early childhood and disengaged youth in the county and state justice systems. Third Sector plans to provide all three sub-recipients a combined intensive award to conduct feasibility work, the outcomes of which will include: target population definition, cost-benefit analysis, development of PFS economic models, evaluability assessments, and PFS contract implementation plans.

Oregon – Pay for Success: Friends of the ChildrenFriends of the ChildrenFeasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundChild WelfareWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector will work with Friends of the Children (FOTC) to conduct PFS feasibility to scale up its national evidence-based intervention in Oregon for youth identified at age 5 as “high risk” for foster care placement and already experiencing poor academic and social well-being outcomes.

This project is one of three within the state of Oregon receiving an intensive technical assistance award within the issue area of youth development and success, specifically early childhood and disengaged youth in the county and state justice systems. Third Sector plans to provide all three sub-recipients a combined intensive award to conduct feasibility work, the outcomes of which will include: target population definition, cost-benefit analysis, development of PFS economic models, evaluability assessments, and PFS contract implementation plans.

Oregon – Pay for PreventionCenter for Evidence-Based Policy at the Oregon Health and Science University (OSHUFeasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundChild WelfareWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Center for Evidence-Based Policy at the Oregon Health and Science University will receive technical assistance to advance an early childhood foster care avoidance PFS project for between two to four geographically diverse Oregon communities with high foster care entry rates. The Center has also agreed to take on a lead coordinator role with Third Sector’s two other Oregon awardees.

This project is one of three within the state of Oregon receiving an intensive technical assistance award within the issue area of youth development and success, specifically early childhood and disengaged youth in the county and state justice systems. Third Sector plans to provide all three sub-recipients a combined intensive award to conduct feasibility work, the outcomes of which will include: target population definition, cost-benefit analysis, development of PFS economic models, evaluability assessments, and PFS contract implementation plans.

Bridges Maternal Child Health NetworkChildren and Families Commission of Orange CountyFeasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundChild Welfare, HealthWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County, CA (the Commission) received an accelerating Pay for Success technical assistance award from Third Sector Capital Partners to assess their Bridges Maternal Child Health Network. Third Sector previously completed work with the Commission under the California Pay for Success Initiative (supported by the James Irvine Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund). The Commission is exploring options for financial sustainability for its largest investment, the Bridges Maternal Child Health Network. The network aims of improve maternal and child health through a 3 point entry system, sophisticated screening and referral process at the hospital and home visiting services from a variety of providers. The feasibility study has prompted conversations with managed care organizations, an impact evaluation using historical healthcare data and a program optimization effort.

Alameda County Asthma PFS InitiativeAlameda County Health Care Services AgencyFeasibility/Technical AssistanceHealthWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector is working with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency to explore using PFS contracting to support the expansion of two of their asthma management and prevention services – Asthma Start and Healthy Homes. In Alameda County, approximately 45,000 children suffer from active pediatric asthma, representing nearly 13% of children in the County. The County has the capacity to only serve less than 9% of children diagnosed with asthma, and there is a significant need to scale the intervention and address unmet needs within the community. With support from the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s California PFS Initiative, Third Sector is conducting a feasibility study to determine how the County can serve more low-income youth and generate asthma-related health savings.

New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers Partnership (“MOMS”)State of ConnecticutProject ConstructionChild Welfare, Health, LaborEast
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The New Haven MOMS Partnership, through Yale University, has partnered with Third Sector to design and launch a PFS project that will scale and fund the development and deployment of neighborhood-based mental health supportive services for at-risk, underserved female caregivers in New Haven. The project is designed to reduce the high occurrence of debilitating depression among this at-risk caregiving community, thereby strengthening their families and reducing the multi-generational cycle of poverty in New Haven. Third Sector is leading the project construction phase of work through active project management, operational planning, project outcomes/evaluation design, economic modeling, funding arrangement, and stakeholder advising.

County of Los Angeles Pay for Success ProjectLos Angeles CountyProject ConstructionHealth, Housing, JusticeWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

With support from the James Irvine Foundation and the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s California Pay for Success Initiative, Third Sector partnered with Los Angeles County to develop a Pay for Success (PFS) initiative aimed at reducing recidivism ending homelessness. The initiative will focus on the end-to-end provisioning of holistic, supportive jail in-reach and post-release permanent supportive housing services for homeless LA County inmates who have frequent contact with the criminal justice system. In addition to past homelessness and incarcerations, this target population faces complex physical and/or behavioral health conditions that increase their risk of continued homelessness and recidivism. This PFS initiative is the result of a county-wide “PFS Blueprint” recommending how LA County should develop one or more PFS projects. The LA County "PFS Blueprint" was developed in partnership with Third Sector and released in October 2014.

Year UpYear Up (National)Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundLaborNational
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Year Up received a Developmental Technical Assistance award from Third Sector to explore the PFS feasibility of the Professional Training Corps (PTC) Model for workforce development. The PTC Model is an intensive one-year program for young adults, aged 18 to 24, who have a high school diploma or GED. PTC participants spend six months learning technical and professional skills in the classroom and then apply those skills during six-month internships at one of Year Up’s 250 employer partners. The SIF grant presented an opportunity for Third Sector and Year Up to scale this model to multiple jurisdictions and explore the viability of PFS for workforce development programs.

Washington State Department of Early Learning and Thrive WashingtonState of WashingtonFeasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundChild WelfareWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Institute for Child Success and Third Sector Capital Partners will collaborate to provide a joint cohort-based model of technical assistance for Washington State’s Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Thrive Washington. The DEL seeks to expand programs that enhance child development and well-being, reduce child abuse and neglect, and promote school readiness. To that end, the Department sought out Pay for Success (PFS) technical assistance to conduct a feasibility study focused on scaling Home Visiting programs across the state such that a higher number of at-risk families could be served. The study will assess which outcomes could potentially generate the most cost savings, where the savings is most likely to be realized, the cost of scaling, the landscape of potential philanthropic and private sector investment, legislative and advocacy support, and how best to develop a blueprint for the next steps in implementation, among other things.

Oregon Early ChildhoodState of Oregon; Marion County; Multnomah CountyFeasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundChild WelfareWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector will work with three entities within the state of Oregon in one combined intensive technical assistance award based on PFS projects that are geographically-focused in Oregon within the issue area of youth development and success, specifically early childhood and disengaged youth in the county and state justice systems. The three feasibility studies that will be conducted will be led by The Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Marion and Multnomah Counties and the national nonprofit Friends of the Children.

Third Sector plans to provide all three sub-recipients a combined intensive award to conduct feasibility work, the outcomes of which will include: target population definition, cost-benefit analysis, development of PFS economic models, evaluability assessments, and PFS contract implementation plans.

Center for Evidence-based Policy Pay for Prevention Program Summary: The Center will receive technical assistance to advance an early childhood foster care avoidance PFS project for between two to four geographically diverse Oregon communities with high foster care entry rates. The Center has also agreed to take on a lead coordinator role with Third Sector’s two other Oregon awardees.

Friends of the Children Program Summary: Third Sector will work with Friends of the Children (FOTC) to conduct PFS feasibility to scale up its national evidence-based intervention in Oregon for youth identified at age 5 as “high risk” or already experiencing poor academic and social well-being outcomes.

Marion and Multnomah Counties Program Summary: Third Sector will work with Marion and Multnomah Counties to conduct PFS feasibility in partnership with the national nonprofit Youth Villages and its Intercept program, with the goal of reducing crime and systems involvement for youth ages 10-18 assessed at medium or high risk of committing further delinquent acts in the next 12 months and at-risk of placement in a youth correctional facility at the Oregon Youth Authority.

Marion and Multnomah Counties demonstrate an innovative partnership between two county-level governments and the state Oregon Youth Authority, offer unique urban and rural contexts for demonstration sites, and also create an opportunity to work with Youth Villages, a national evidence-based nonprofit with ability to scale interventions.

State of Nevada, Clark County and Las Vegas Early ChildhoodState of NevadaFeasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundChild WelfareWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The State of Nevada, Clark County and the City of Las Vegas will receive assistance from both the Harvard Kennedy School Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab (HKS SIB Lab) and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. to explore the use of Pay for Success in creating innovative strategies to improve social outcomes in early childhood education. Specifically, the three jurisdictions will engage in a feasibility study that will explore how an early childhood education PFS project can increase outcomes such as kindergarten readiness and third grade literacy as well as reduce public school special education and remedial education expenditures. The PFS project will target Southern Nevada and will be a part of Nevada’s ongoing efforts to improve early childhood education opportunities state-wide.

Virginia Pay for Success CouncilCommonwealth of VirginiaFeasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundChild WelfareEast
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Virginia PFS will receive a developmental technical assistance award from Third Sector to explore the feasibility of applying prenatal home visiting interventions to improve medical, social and educational outcomes for low-income Medicaid-qualifying pregnant women in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Measurable outcomes to be achieved with this engagement include a population data analysis and assessment to gain a better understanding of baseline outcomes; intervention assessment to clarify potential cost-benefits; and end-payer financial assessment to determine an appropriate end-payer.

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s engagement is innovative for several reasons: 1) Partnership between the private-sector led Virginia Pay for Success Council and the Virginia Department of Health; 2) Virginia’s Governor established a Children’s Cabinet and has placed significant importance on early childhood issues and innovation.

Austin/Travis County Health and Human ServicesAustin/Travis CountyFeasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation FundChild Welfare, HealthMidwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector Capital Partners will work with Austin/Travis County, TX, with leadership from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, to focus on determining the feasibility of PFS for reducing teen pregnancies among Hispanic youth and improving birth outcomes among African Americans. The geography served will be the City of Austin and Travis County, TX. Measurable outcomes to be achieved with this engagement include a clearly defined target population(s) and analysis of available administrative data. In addition, the engagement will conduct an intervention assessment and preliminary evaluability assessment around Wyman Center TOP programs, based on a landscape analyis and interviews with 16 service providers to determine which issue area has the best viability for PFS.

Massachusetts Juvenile Justice PFS InitiativeCommonwealth of MassachusettsLaunched ProjectsJusticeEast
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice PFS Initiative, the fourth PFS project launched in the country and the largest to-date, is designed to improve outcomes for hundreds of at-risk young men in the probation system or leaving the juvenile justice system. The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative will not only improve the lives of young people, but also reduce crime, promote safer and stronger communities and save taxpayer dollars. The initiative will allow Roca, a nonprofit based in Chelsea, to provide its high-impact intervention to 929 at-risk young men aged 17 to 23 who are in the probation system or exiting the juvenile justice system. Roca’s programming aims to reduce recidivism and increase employment through intensive street outreach and targeted life skills, education and employment programming. The Roca intervention is delivered over an intensive two-year period followed by two years of follow-up engagement.

Santa Clara County Acute Mental Health Needs PFSSanta Clara CountyLaunched ProjectsHealthWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Santa Clara County is pursuing two pay for success projects designed to reduce suffering and increase wellness for two of the County’s most vulnerable populations: the chronically homeless and the severely mentally ill. The goal of these projects is to ensure that public resources are dedicated only to services that provide improved social outcomes, while reducing the County’s net expenditures on services for these populations.

The Acute Mental Health Needs PFS Initiative will focus on clients who experience frequent stays in County emergency, inpatient, and contracted mental health settings, and ensure that these patients are stabilized in less restrictive, community-based environments. The community-based care provided will be designed to improve clients’ overall wellness, measured by reduced utilization of emergency and inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations. By improving wellness outcomes for the target population, the County anticipates generating cashable savings through reduced and more efficient utilization of County mental health resources.

The County of Santa Clara, Telecare Corporation (the selected Lead Agency), Dr. Keith Humphreys (evaluator), and Third Sector are currently collaborating to construct the six year pay for success project. The project is anticipated to launch in Fall of 2016.

Project Welcome HomeSanta Clara CountyLaunched ProjectsHousingWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Santa Clara County is pursuing two pay for success projects designed to reduce suffering and increase wellness for two of the County’s most vulnerable populations: the chronically homeless and the severely mentally ill. The goal of these projects is to ensure that public resources are dedicated only to services that provide improved social outcomes, while reducing the County’s net expenditures on services for these populations.

In August 2015, the County of Santa Clara announced the launch of the Chronic Homelessness PFS project, “Project Welcome Home,” the first PFS project to launch in California. In partnership with Abode Services, a national leader in innovative housing services, the County intends to serve 150-200 chronically homeless individuals that are also frequent users of the County’s emergency rooms, acute mental health facilities, and jail.

Abode will provide these individuals with access to community-based clinical services and permanent supportive housing using an evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and a Housing First approach. These services are designed to end the participants’ homelessness, increase income, and provide increased access to ongoing physical and behavioral health services. Third Sector has served as the County’s transaction coordinator and advisor since Santa Clara County’s initial exploration of PFS feasibility in 2013.

State of Illinois Dually Involved Youth PFS ProjectState of IllinoisProject ConstructionChild Welfare, JusticeMidwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The State of Illinois one PFS contract support for at-risk youth dually involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Illinois. The Conscience Community Network, with One Hope United as lead agency, will coordinate a continuum of evidence-based practices to reduce utilization of institutional care for these dually involved youth. The project aims to improve placement outcomes, reduce re-arrests, and improve child well-being and transitions to adulthood. Third Sector’s work includes arranging funding, leading stakeholder negotiations, project construction, and economic modeling.

Illinois is the first state to implement Pay for Success to improve child welfare outcomes, as well as the first to partner with a network of community providers for service delivery.

The Conscience Community Network is a collaborative of six child welfare agencies with experience serving youth and deep ties to the Illinois community: Maryville Academy, OMNI Youth Services, One Hope United, SGA Youth & Family Services, UCAN and Youth Outreach Services.

Cuyahoga County Partnering for Family Success ProgramCuyahoga CountyLaunched ProjectsChild Welfare, HousingMidwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Cuyahoga County launched the first family homelessness and child welfare project in the nation, known as the Partnering for Family Success Program. The Partnering for Family Success Program began implementation in early 2015. The program aims to reduce the length of stay in out-of-home foster care placement for children whose caregivers are homeless. A confluence of factors including substance abuse and mental illness make it difficult for these caregivers to secure stable housing that empowers them to successfully complete their case plan with the County’s child welfare system and build a safe home environment for their children.

United Way of the Bay AreaUnited Way of Bay AreaFeasibility/Technical AssistanceLaborWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector worked with the United Way of the Bay Area on assessing PFS readiness of its programming, specifically in the workforce development sector. This feasibility work developed value propositions for promoting financial self-sufficiency and will analyze projected impact, necessary fundraising, and the economics of various projects for stakeholders.

San Francisco City and CountySan Francisco City and CountyFeasibility/Technical AssistanceChild Welfare, Education, Health, Housing, Justice, LaborWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

With support from the James Irvine Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund’s California Pay for Success Initiative, Third Sector partnered with the City and County of San Francisco Office of Civic Innovation to explore the possibility of PFS projects in three issue areas: maternal and infant health, at-risk transitional-aged youth and homeless families.

National Council on Crime and DelinquencyNationalFeasibility/Technical AssistanceChild Welfare, JusticeNational
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

With support from the California Endowment, Third Sector worked with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency to develop Pay for Success feasibility studies in restorative justice and child welfare. The feasibility studies explored how specific interventions can be adapted for Pay for Success contracting on the county level.

First Five Los AngelesFirst Five Los AngelesFeasibility/Technical AssistanceChild Welfare, HealthWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

California’s largest First Five Commission, First 5 LA, explored the feasibility of using PFS contracting to support their maternal and child health home visiting program, Welcome Baby. Third Sector conducted the feasibility study with support from the James Irvine Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund’s California Pay for Success Initiative.

County of Los Angeles BlueprintLos Angeles CountyFeasibility/Technical AssistanceChild Welfare, Education, Health, Housing, Justice, LaborWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

With support from the James Irvine Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund’s California Pay for Success Initiative, Third Sector partnered with Los Angeles County to complete a county-wide “Blueprint” released in October 2014, a report recommending how the county should develop one or more PFS projects. The County is currently working with Third Sector to develop its first PFS project, in line with the recommendations outlined within the Blueprint.

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