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.

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Focus Area
Project Stage
Project Name Government Payor/Client Project Stage Focus Area Region
uAspire PFS Project uAspire Feasibility Education East
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector recently completed a PFS feasibility assessment designed to evaluate the appropriateness of PFS for higher education to help heighten the focus on and attainment of these outcomes. With generous support from the Kresge Foundation, we worked with uAspire, a national provider of college affordability and financial aid counseling serving primarily low-income and first-generation students, to develop a preliminary assessment of PFS in higher education. uAspire’s interest in PFS, as with many service providers, stemmed from a desire to find organizations who might be willing to pay for the delivery of their high-quality, evidence-based programming. — This project closed in 2017.
SIF Workforce: Boston Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (MA) Assess, Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Workforce Development East
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEPs) are an integral part of youth workforce programming for cities across the country. But how do cities ensure SYEP is a meaningful experience that measurably enhances outcomes for the young people engaged? In the City of Boston, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) partnered with Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. (Third Sector) and Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy (Dukakis Center) to answer this question. Through the feasibility process, Third Sector worked with numerous stakeholders, including government agencies, researchers, providers, funders, and employers, to understand Boston SYEP goals and opportunities to integrate an outcomes orientation. — This project closed in 2017.
Strong Start Pay for Success Santa Clara County (CA) Feasibility Education West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) partnered with Third Sector, Sunnyvale School District, and SRI International to explore outcomes contracting as a means to expand access to and enhance the quality of preschool services available to low-income children in the County. During the engagement, Third Sector worked with these partners and other local stakeholders to develop recommendations to improve priority outcomes including academic achievement and social emotional development.
SIF Workforce: Austin Workfoce Solutions Capital Area Assess, Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Workforce Development Midwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector collaborated with Workforce Solutions Capital Area (Austin, TX) and the project’s Steering Committee to develop a model to better meet the talent pipeline needs of local employers and the workforce training needs of youth in Austin/Travis County. The project sought to improve education and employment outcomes for 16-to-24-year-olds that are disconnected from both school and work, known as Opportunity Youth. The project evaluated the opportunities and risks of scaling the highly successful Youth Employment Partnership program through a pay for performance contract.  This project closed in 2017.
NYC Vets Department of Veterans' Services Advisory, Assess Homelessness, Workforce Development East
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

New York City's Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) is the newest City agency with the mission foster purpose driven lives for NYC service members, veterans, and their families. DVS partnered with Third Sector to conduct an Education and Employment Landscape Analysis to assess the current system of veterans services and accelerate DVS' capacity as an outcomes-oriented government agency. The three month engagement concluded with recommendations and a roadmap, highlighting next steps to structure outcomes-oriented initiatives to improve employment opportunities for veterans and their families.
LA County DMH Project Los Angeles County's Department of Mental Health (CA) Advisory Health West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector has been engaged by LA County's Department of Mental Health to facilitate an agency-wide shift to an outcomes orientation, beginning with the transformation of approximately $102M in recurring intensive mental health services contracts. These Full Service Partnership (FSP) contracts assist individuals diagnosed with a severe mental illness, with the goal of providing intensive mental health services, and Third Sector is engaging County staff, providers, and other stakeholders to ensure that the contracts align with a "do whatever it takes" vision of mental health services and achieve outcomes for those most in need. In this first phase of the project, Third Sector will also provide technical assistance to DMH to leverage at least $50M of flexible Preventative & Early Intervention (PEI) funding to build inter-agency outcomes-oriented contracts with the County's Department of Child and Family Services and Department of Public Health. The transformation of these contracts will provide the groundwork for Third Sector, DMH, and County stakeholders to map out processes to align DMH's remaining $1.15B in recurring external contracts/services with meaningful life outcomes, focusing particularly on the $88M in recurring child FSP contracts.
Alameda County Recidivism Alameda County (CA) Project Construction, Social Innovation Fund Justice West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Alameda County Justice Restoration Project (ACJRP) is led by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and various county partners to improve outcomes for young adults who previously committed low-level felony crimes.  ACJRP is a new model for community re-entry after jail release that addresses self-sufficiency goals and community safety by breaking the cycle of incarceration with service navigation support and intensive case management for adults aged 18-34.  La Familia Counseling Services, a community-based organization, will support young adults returning to their neighborhoods in Alameda County through its Individualized Coaching Model. Clients will be paired for 18 months with coaches with similar life experiences who will provide dedicated engagement and mentorship. Coaches will coordinate with probation officers and trained professionals to streamline access to an array of services that are challenging for clients to navigate without support.
As the project manager, Third Sector is providing technical assistance throughout the Build phase, fundraise, fiscal management, and program pilot in partnership with WestEd (evaluator), Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (fiscal manager), and the Probation Department, the County Administrator’s Office, and the Sheriff’s Office, among other County partners. This project was developed with the support of the Corporation for National and Community Service under the Social Innovation Fund and the CA PFS Initiative, funded by the James Irvine Foundation and administered by the Nonprofit Finance Fund.
Lane County Permanent Supportive Housing Lane County (OR) Project Construction Homelessness, Justice West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Lane County, in partnership with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development & US Department of Justice, plans to scale an existing Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program to address the costly and debilitating needs of homeless Oregonians reentering the community from incarceration. Using the Housing First model, Lane County strives to permanently house and provide comprehensive case management to formerly incarcerated individuals in need of housing through a combination of existing Low Income Tax Credit units, Public Housing units and Section 8 vouchers. Project partners seek to fund intense case management services (substance abuse treatment, job training, and mental health services) through a Pay for Success contract with various county and state government partners to demonstrate the lasting impact of permanent housing and supportive service on recidivism, stable housing, and healthcare utilization outcomes.
The effort is led Lane County Homes for Good, the county housing agency overseeing a 3,000-unit Section 8 program and 1,600 units of public housing and project based Section 8 units; Lane County Parole & Probation (P&P), a division of Lane County Administration that oversees +2,500 adult on supervision and related programming; and Sponsors, Inc., the leading community organization in Lane County, providing reentry, housing, and employment services to over 500 clients per year for over 40 years.
Power to Decide Power to Decide Advisory Health East
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, collaborated with Third Sector in an 18-week engagement in an effort to build its institutional knowledge and understanding of outcomes orientation and innovative funding strategies, including an exploration of Pay for Success (PFS). By the end of the engagement, Third Sector built the capacity of Power to Decide around an outcomes orientation, including PFS funding strategies, developed a road map for an outcomes partnership, and engaged with potential project partners, funders, and end payers. This project closed in 2017.
Empowering Families – Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (MA) Advisory, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families East
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Learn-to-Earn (LTE) Initiative is a large-scale interagency workgroup that was launched to improve coordination across state agencies and ultimately support individuals and families received public assistance move towards a path to self-sufficiency. The initiative focuses on five public assistance programs - the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, State-Aid Public Housing, Temporary Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Subsidized Childcare. While the programs serve many of the same clients, misaligned eligibility requirements and structural disincentives to work limit agencies’ abilities to serve the whole person or family. Third Sector is supporting the initiative’s efforts to leverage administrative data to define statewide education, employment, and income outcomes and improve the agencies’ abilities to match individuals and families with the right mix of supports through the development of data use license agreements.
LA County Just in Reach LA County (CA) Launched Projects Homelessness, Justice West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Los Angeles County has launched Just in Reach (JIR), a new health-based housing program that will reduce jail recidivism and help end homelessness among people experiencing repeat jail stays. Over four years, JIR will place 300 homeless individuals who are currently in custody within the county jail and who have a mental health and/or substance-use disorder into permanent supportive housing. This project closed in 2017.
Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) Project Department of Social Services (CA) Advisory Workforce Development West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

California Department of Social Services (CDSS) aims to help counties improve employment and life outcomes for families through the expanded subsidized employment (ESE) program. To identify challenges and best practices in implementation of ESE programs, as well as current outcomes, Third Sector interviewed county welfare departments, employers, workforce development boards, and other stakeholders. Third Sector then developed an ESE Toolkit in partnership with CDSS to help counties move programming, contracting, and data practices towards an outcomes orientation.
Outpatient Treatment on Demand King County Behavioral Health & Recovery Division (WA) Launched Projects Health West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Outpatient Treatment on Demand aims to improve timely access to outpatient behavioral health care. Providers will be paid a bonus if they achieve performance targets tailored to the program's objectives around timely intakes and connections to routine care. The three-year program includes 23 different service provider agencies representing 93% of new outpatients served annually. — This project closed in 2018.
Cuyahoga County Lead (Cleveland) Cleveland Foundation Advisory Health Midwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Cleveland Foundation asked the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to conduct a feasibility assessment of PFS applicability to reduce lead poisoning in the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Lead poisoning is a pervasive, irreversible public health problem in the community and can lead to reduced education outcomes and higher involvement with the criminal system in the long run; we are centered on housing remediation as our intervention to reduce lead poisoning and blood lead levels in the community. Third Sector is engaging with potential end payers to gauge interest in involvement in an outcomes-oriented/PFS structure from state, local, and federal government parties, as well as healthcare, education, and business institutions.
Washington Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA) PFS Department of Early Learning (WA) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

DEL, Thrive, and Third Sector completed a feasibility study to determine whether Pay for Success could help improve life outcomes for Washington's high-risk families through quality home visiting services funded by the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA). Given there are more families eligible for home visiting programs than are currently served, DEL was interested in exploring strategies for expanding financial support through Pay for Success. Third Sector conducted a feasibility analysis on five home visiting programs funded by HVSA. Results of the assessment were that a performance-based approach to HVSA expansion would necessitate data improvements to enable DEL, Thrive, and HVSA service providers to better identify and serve high-risk families in Washington and improve their health and educational outcomes. This project closed in 2016.
Administrative Data Pilot: Washington Department of Early Learning (WA) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector, in partnership with Stanford’s Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI), is helping the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) to improve early education and well-being outcomes for children and families served by two home visiting programs and an early support program for infants and toddlers at risk of development delays. The agency realized through a Pay for Success feasibility assessment with Third Sector in 2015 that program data is not linked with administrative datasets to allow DEL to understand certain priority outcomes, therefore the agency was interested in receiving technical assistance from Stanford to access and analyze data held externally. Third Sector will lead efforts to leverage data insights for selection of outcomes and metrics to build performance-based contracts. DEL joins Santa Cruz County’s Human Services Department and San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency in Third Sector and CPI's Social Innovation Fund Administrative Data Pilot cohort, which will also include a Learning Community designed to facilitate cross-site collaboration and technical/process trainings around data analysis and deployment.
SIF Workforce: Denver Denver Office of Economic Development (CO) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Workforce Development West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector partnered with the Denver Office of Economic Development to assess pathways to leverage evaluation and outcomes-driven contracting strategies to increase educational and employment outcomes for pregnant and parenting out of school youth. The engagement detailed challenges and actionable next steps for OED to leverage existing data systems to track and reward longer-term education and employment outcomes for these individuals and to blend federal funds with local public funding source. — This project closed in 2017.
Administrative Data Pilot: Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County Human Services Department (CA) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Workforce Development West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector, in partnership with Stanford’s Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI), is helping Santa Cruz County’s Human Services Department (HSD) to gain access to numerous administrative databases to better understand short- and long-term effects of the County’s subsidized employment program, funded through CalWORKs. Third Sector and CPI are helping to deploy data insights to improve and embed outcomes in the contracts between HSD and the providers of workforce development services, building the outcomes-oriented contracting expertise that will assist in broader agency shifts. Santa Cruz County’s HSD joins San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency and the Washington State Department of Early Learning in Third Sector and CPI's Social Innovation Fund Administrative Data Pilot cohort, which will also include a Learning Community designed to facilitate cross-site collaboration and technical/process trainings around data analysis and deployment.
Administrative Data Pilot: San Diego San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency (CA) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Health, Homelessness West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector, in partnership with Stanford’s Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI), is helping San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) to gain access to numerous administrative databases to better understand short- and long-term effects of the County’s various homelessness response efforts, specifically the Whole Person Wellness and Project One for All programs. Third Sector and CPI are helping to deploy data insights to improve and embed outcomes in the contracting structure of various homelessness and health initiatives, building the outcomes oriented contracting expertise that will assist in broader agency shifts. San Diego HHSA joins Santa Cruz County’s Human Services Department and Washington State’s Department of Early Learning in Third Sector and CPI's Social Innovation Fund Administrative Data Pilot cohort, which will also include a Learning Community designed to facilitate cross-site collaboration and technical/process training around data analysis and deployment.
Mecklenburg County Pre-K Mecklenburg County (NC) Feasibility Education East
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Mecklenburg County has partnered with Third Sector, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to conduct a Feasibility Study to determine whether and how Pay for Success can be leveraged to enhance pre-kindergarten and early elementary programming for low-income children. Through the Feasibility Study, Third Sector has worked with local stakeholders to develop recommendations to improve priority outcomes include academic achievement, social emotional development, and attendance.
Lumina / Goodwill Excel Center Adult Charter School Feasibility Goodwill Excel Centers Feasibility Education, Workforce Development Midwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Goodwill Excel Centers (TEC) are a network of tuition-free adult charter schools that gives adult learners the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. TEC's program centers on providing flexibility for students, removing barriers, and supporting student pathways to postsecondary education and the workforce. The program offers childcare, life coaches, career certifications and college credits in order to help students navigate through the issues in their life and prepare them for successful careers or continued education. Since its inception in 2010, TEC has expanded from one school in Indiana to 18 across five states. Third Sector is working the TEC to assess the feasibility of leveraging PFS and outcomes-oriented contracting strategies to help TEC effectively and sustainably scale its impact and acclerate its expansion goals into multiple communities.
Empowering Families – Broward County Children's Services Council of Broward County (FL) Advisory, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families East
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Children's Services Council of Broward County, FL (CSC Broward) is working to further strengthen its existing focus on outcomes to inform funding and contracting decisions. Through piloting new processes for engaging providers and program participants as co-researchers in selecting and measuring program outcomes, CSC Broward intends to deepen its “learning together” approach of empowering providers and participants to shape programs based on community needs and local experience. CSC Broward seeks to continue to expand their use of data, complemented by provider and community expertise, to inform improvement efforts in pursuit of program goals and positive social change. CSC Broward is piloting these efforts in the COMPASS family coaching program, which seeks to promote high school completion and a path to post-secondary education for youth and financial stability and economic mobility for their parents, and the Family Strengthening program, which provides parenting classes and family homevisiting services.
Empowering Families – North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families East
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector is working with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to embed an agency-wide outcomes-orientation focused on improving outcomes for children and families. In partnership with Guilford County, Ready for School, Ready for Life, Duke University, and the Duke Endowment, we are developing a demonstration project focused on substance use for pregnant women in Guilford County. This demonstration project will inform state-wide efforts to move the needle on key public health and early childhood outcomes.
Empowering Families – Iowa Department of Human Rights (IA) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families Midwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector is working with Iowa's Department of Human Rights to move its Family Development and Self Sufficiency program towards an outcomes orientation. Work is being done to incorporate family voice into 2Gen related program changes and to rethink how different TANF systems interacte in order to better serve families.
Empowering Families – Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (CT) Advisory, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families East
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) administers state and federally-funded childcare for 30,000+ low-income families in the state of Connecticut. The establishment of  the OEC in 2013 united staff and funding from five unique state agencies, naturally creating silos in program delivery. Third Sector has partnered with the Early Care and Education Division of the OEC to assess opportunities to further integrate funding and embed outcomes-orientation across its program starting with Care for Kids, its statewide child care subsidy program. The OEC is working with government agencies, community organizations, and providers through the development and implementation of its three-year Child Care Development Fund Plan to lead collaborative initiatives. These efforts are designed to increase access to high quality care and improve child and family outcomes, including but not limited to improved referral pathways for housing insecure families, expansion of allowable employment and education activities for families on transitional assistance for needy families (TANF), and grants and contracts to expand infant and toddler care.
Empowering Families – Colorado Department of Human Services (CO) Advisory, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector is working with the Colorado Department of Human Services' (CDHS) Office of Economic Security to incorporate outcomes-oriented contracting principles within two programs --Food Assistance (SNAP) Outreach and Colorado Works Subsidized Training and Employment Program (CW STEP). Third Sector will work with CDHS to build and implement a 2Gen outcomes contract within these programs, with a focus on distilling and applying lessons learned across the department as part of a broader agency-wide effort to embed a 2Gen outcomes focus
Cuyahoga County Pre-K Cuyahoga County (OH) Feasibility Education Midwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Cuyahoga County has partnered with Third Sector and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to conduct a Feasibility Assessment to inform how Pay for Success can be used to sustain and expand their Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK), which enhances the quality of and access to existing prekindergarten slots in public and community settings. Through the Feasibility Assessment, Third Sector has engaged state and local stakeholders to identify priority early care and education outcomes, understand the education funding landscape, and identify ways to strengthen and expand community partnerships.
Salt Lake City PFS: Persistently Homeless Project Salt Lake County (UT) Launched Projects Homelessness West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Homes Not Jails will serve at least 315 “persistently homeless” adults who have spent between 90 days in emergency shelters in the past year and 364 over the past three years. This population will now receive a high intensity Rapid Rehousing program that includes intensive case management supports. This project closed in 2017.
Salt Lake City PFS: Recidivism Salt Lake County (UT) Launched Projects Justice West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The REACH program will serve at least 225 adult males at high risk of re-engaging in criminal behavior using an intensive suite of services targeted at criminogenic factors. These services focus on providing evidence-based behavioral health counseling modalities (moral recognition therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing), along with housing supports. This project closed in 2017.
Oregon PFS: Marion & Multnomah Counties Marion and Multnomah Counties (OR) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Justice West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector worked 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 demonstrated an innovative partnership between two county-level governments and the state Oregon Youth Authority, offered unique urban and rural contexts for demonstration sites, and also created an opportunity to work with Youth Villages, a national evidence-based nonprofit with ability to scale interventions. — This project closed in 2016.
Oregon Youth Development Pay for Success Friends of the Children Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector worked 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. This project closed in 2015.
Oregon Pay for Performance Center for Evidence-Based Policy at the Oregon Health & Science University Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families West
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 received 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 had agreed to take on a lead coordinator role with Third Sector’s two other Oregon awardees. This project closed in 2016.
Bridges Maternal Child Health Network Children and Families Commission of Orange County (CA) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Health, Parenting and Families West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector led a feasibility assessment, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County (Commission) and other partners, to explore the viability of using PFS to increase the financial sustainability of the Bridges Network. The Bridges Network provides screening and services related to home visiting and outcomes-based funding could provide an opportunity to sustain and improve these services that are critical to the health of infants and mothers in Orange County. This project closed in 2016.
Alameda County Asthma PFS Initiative Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (CA) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Health West
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.  
Oregon Early Childhood Marion and Multnomah Counties (OR) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector is worked 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. This project closed in 2016.
Virginia Pay for Success Department of Health (VA) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Parenting and Families East
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 PFS value propositions for promoting financial self-sufficiency and analyzed projected impact, necessary fundraising, and the economics of various projects for stakeholders. This project closed in 2016.
Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Austin/Travis County (TX) Feasibility, Social Innovation Fund Health, Parenting and Families Midwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector Capital Partners worked 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 was the City of Austin and Travis County, TX. Measurable outcomes we anticipated on achieving with this engagement included clearly defined target population(s) and analysis of available administrative data. In addition, the engagement conducted an intervention assessment and preliminary evaluability assessment to determine which issue area would have the best viability for PFS. The intervention assessment focused on the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) teen pregnancy prevention program Maternal Infant Outreach Program (MIOP). — This project closed in 2016.
Massachusetts Juvenile Justice PFS Initiative Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launched Projects Justice East
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, was designed to improve outcomes for hundreds of at-risk young men in the probation system or leaving the juvenile justice system. The intentions of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative was to, not only improve the lives of young people, but also to reduce crime, promote safer and stronger communities and save taxpayer dollars. The initiative allowed Roca, a nonprofit based in Chelsea, to provide its high-impact intervention to 929 at-risk young men aged 17 to 23 who were 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 was delivered over an intensive two-year period followed by two years of follow-up engagement.
Project Welcome Home Santa Clara County (CA) Launched Projects Homelessness West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Project Welcome Home is the first Pay for Success project launched in California. In partnership with Abode Services, the County of Santa Clara intends to serve 150-200 chronically homeless individuals that are frequent users of the County's emergency rooms, acute mental health facilities, and jail. Abode will provide chronically homeless individuals with access to community-based clinical services and permanent supportive housing using 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.
Cuyahoga County Partnering for Family Success Program Cuyahoga County (OH) Launched Projects Homelessness, Parenting and Families Midwest
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.
City/County of San Francisco San Francisco City and County (CA) Feasibility Education West
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 impact areas: maternal and infant health, at-risk transitional-aged youth and homeless families. This project closed in 2015.
National Council on Crime and Delinquency National Council on Crime and Deliquency Feasibility Justice National
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 the arenas of child welfare and restorative justice. The feasibility studies explored how specific interventions can be adapted for Pay for Success contracting on the county level. — This project closed in 2014.
First Five Los Angeles First Five Los Angeles (CA) Feasibility Health, Parenting and Families West
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Two of California’s largest First 5 Commissions – First 5 LA and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County – jointly explored the feasibility of using PFS contracting to support their maternal and child health home visitation programs, Welcome Baby and the Bridges Maternal Child Health Network. Third Sector conducted feasibility studies with the two Commissions with support from the James Irvine Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund’s California Pay for Success Initiative. — This project closed in 2015.
County of Los Angeles Blueprint Los Angeles County (CA) Feasibility Education, Health, Homelessness, Justice, Parenting and Families, Workforce Development West
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 plans to develop at least one PFS pilot project pending Board approval.
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