Our Federal Work

Over the past decade, departments and agencies across the U.S. Federal Government have moved to expand their use of data, evaluation, and performance measurement. Federal Departments and Agencies are now embracing the next great transformation: the outcomes-focused government paradigm. Third Sector provides the federal government with the technical assistance and training necessary to enable this shift.

Outcomes Focused Government (OFG) Paradigm

For a decade now, Third Sector has been partnering with state and local government agencies to improve the systems surrounding human services. Through this work, we have seen how fragmented data collection and sharing, program silos, misaligned policy, insufficient coordination, and regulatory barriers (real or perceived) impede state and local government agencies from achieving improved and more equitable outcomes for people. Many of these challenges could be alleviated with additional support from the federal government which is where the outcomes-focused government (OFG) paradigm comes in. The OFG paradigm is a proven system change approach that the Biden administration can diffuse to state and local levels by changing its policies, technical assistance, and management practices detailed in six recommended steps.

Contact: Maria Posey, Director of Federal Business Development 

Our Federal Work

Third Sector has a track record of securing federal funding awards for communities committed to implementing Pay for Success and outcomes contracts.

  • Department of Agriculture: Third Sector is part of a team working to expand the reach, quality and equity of the SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) program by connecting the program to Department of Labor’s (DOL) workforce development system through workforce development boards (WDBs). The team is led by the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and also includes Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI). Together, the Team will build the capacity of NAWB’s network of more than 500 WDBs  so that 70 workforce boards can become SNAP E&T providers or intermediaries with an explicit focus on quality, impact and equity.
  • Department of Education:
    • Third Sector supported a report prepared for the Office of Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) on “Opportunities for Pay for Success Demonstrations in HHS Programs”.

    • Third Sector has partnered with BLH Technologies and the Office of Family Assistance on a two year initiative focused on a new approach to measurement and metrics for outcomes-focused government 

  • Department of Health and Human Services: Third Sector supported a report prepared for the Office of Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) on “Opportunities for Pay for Success Demonstrations in HHS Programs”.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development / Department of Justice: Third Sector has worked on two of the HUD-DOL Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstrations: Lane County, Oregon and the National Capital Region.
  • Department of Labor: Third Sector, in partnership with Roca, Inc. and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, received a $11.7 million grant as part of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative.
  • Social Innovation Fund (Corporation for National and Community Service): Third Sector received over $9.2 million across three federal grant awards to advance Pay for Success and outcomes contracting initiatives in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, & Washington. This work also spurred the launch of the first “Pay for Performance” contracts in the U.S. as part of the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
  • USAID: Third Sector is supporting Dalberg Advisors in exploring the feasibility and mechanism design for an innovative financing project to eliminate the transmission of cholera in Haiti.

U.S. General Services Administration

Third Sector is listed on the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) which allows direct contracting with all U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.

Contact: Maria Posey, Director of Federal Business Development 

Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA)

The U.S. Department of Treasury has announced multiple Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) opportunities for the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA).  The NOFA Round 2 will be released in 2020, and is part of SIPPRA’s $100 million federal fund available to states and local governments seeking funding for exceptional social service programs.

The NOFA Round 2 will provide up to $10mm of matching funds to state or local governments that strive to engage key stakeholders, assess how to improve current program results, and develop an Outcomes Implementation Plan for services and contracting.  The use of funds is for technical assistance delivered by organizations like Third Sector to support the development of Outcomes Implementation Plans. 

Third Sector looks forward to supporting local and state governments to plan, review, and/or submit proposals. Learn more about Third Sector’s SIPPRA resources.

Contact: Oscar Benitez, Director