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
Strong Start Pay for SuccessSanta Clara County (CA)FeasibilityEducationWest
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 thes partners and other local stakeholders to develop recommendations to improve priority outcomes including academic acheivement and social emotional development.
SIF Workforce: AustinWorkfoce Solutions Capital AreaFeasibility, Social Innovation FundWorkforce DevelopmentMidwest
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 VetsDepartment of Veterans' ServicesAdvisoryHomelessness, Workforce DevelopmentEast
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 ProjectLos Angeles County's Department of Mental Health (CA)AdvisoryHealthWest
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 RecidivismAlameda County (CA)Project ConstructionJusticeWest
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 HousingLane County (OR)Project ConstructionHomelessness, JusticeWest
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 DecidePower to DecideAdvisoryHealthEast
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 – MassachusettsDepartment of Transitional Assistance (MA)AdvisoryParenting and FamiliesEast
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector, as part of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, is working with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) on its Learn-2-Earn initiative. The technical assistance is designed to explore outcomes-oriented contracting and integrated data systems to improve the achievement of children, parent, and family outcomes.The Learn-2-Earn initiative is an inter-agency education and workforce collaborative dedicated to aligning shared outcomes, related to employment, education and training, and family stability, across government agencies that serve the same beneficiary populations, while building continuous improvement strategies that leverage data sharing and evaluation to support providers in achieving those outcomes.
Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) ProjectDepartment of Social Services (CA)AdvisoryWorkforce DevelopmentWest
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 enhanced 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 DemandKing County Behavioral Health & Recovery Division (WA)Launched ProjectsHealthWest
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 FoundationAdvisoryHealthMidwest
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) PFSDepartment of Early Learning (WA)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundParenting and FamiliesWest
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 Vising 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: WashingtonDepartment of Early Learning (WA)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundParenting and FamiliesWest
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: DenverDenver Office of Economic Development (CO)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundWorkforce DevelopmentWest
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 CruzSanta Cruz County Human Services Department (CA)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundWorkforce DevelopmentWest
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 DiegoSan Diego County Health & Human Services Agency (CA)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundHealth, HomelessnessWest
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.
SIF Workforce: BostonMayor's Office of Workforce Development (MA)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundWorkforce DevelopmentEast
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.
Mecklenburg County Pre-KMecklenburg County (NC)FeasibilityEducationEast
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 acheivement, social emotional development, and attendance.
Lumina / Goodwill Excel Center Adult Charter School FeasibilityGoodwill Excel CentersFeasibilityEducation, Workforce DevelopmentMidwest
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 CountyChildren's Services Council of Broward County (FL)Advisory, Social Innovation FundParenting and FamiliesEast
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), in partnership with Third Sector and the Empowering Families Learning Communities, has identified multiple enhancements to further strengthen its existing use of outcomes to inform funding and contracting decisions. In piloting process enhancements for selecting and using outcomes, CSC intends to deepen its "learning together" approach of working with providers as partners, empowering provider frontline staff as well as program participants to be agents of social change whose input and feedback is systematically gathered and used to inform programs. CSC seeks to continue to increase their own use of data, while also taking into consideration provider and community expertise, to inform continuous improvement in pursuit of program goals and positive social change. Third Sector will begin by working with CSC Broward's new COMPASS program to pilot some enhancements. COMPASS is a new family coaching component to be added to a high school after-school program. The COMPASS program seeks to promote high school completion and create a path to post-secondary and financial stability for youth and families. Through the launch of COMPASS, CSC Broward will not only pilot tracking and analyzing 2-Gen outcomes, but will also use the contract to test and refine some the incorporation of frontline staff and participant voice in selecting and analyzing program outcomes. Together, Third Sector and CSC Broward will also identify additional programs to pilot other enhancements.
Empowering Families – North CarolinaDepartment of Health and Human Services (NC)FeasibilityParenting and FamiliesEast
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. We are developing a demonstration project in Guilford County to inform state-wide early childhood efforts. Key priority outcomes include planned and well-timed pregnancies, healthy births, and parent & child mental health.
Empowering Families – IowaDepartment of Human Rights (IA)FeasibilityParenting and FamiliesMidwest
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 – ConnecticutOffice of Early Childhood (CT)AdvisoryParenting and FamiliesEast
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) was established in 2013 to coordinate and improve the various early childhood initiative in the states and support all young children in their development. The agency is interested in leveraging outcomes-oriented contracting and integrated data systems to advance the early care and education system, with a particular focus on high-quality child care services to maximize parents workforce options and support parents trying to achieve economic stability.
Empowering Families – ColoradoDepartment of Human Services (CO)AdvisoryParenting and FamiliesWest
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-KCuyahoga County (OH)FeasibilityEducationMidwest
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 County PFS: Persistently Homeless ProjectSalt Lake County (UT)Launched ProjectsHomelessnessWest
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 County PFS: RecidivismSalt Lake County (UT)Launched ProjectsJusticeWest
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 CountiesMarion and Multnomah Counties (OR)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundJusticeWest
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 SuccessFriends of the ChildrenFeasibility, Social Innovation FundParenting and FamiliesWest
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 PerformanceCenter for Evidence-Based Policy at the Oregon Health & Science UniversityFeasibility, Social Innovation FundParenting and FamiliesWest
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 NetworkChildren and Families Commission of Orange County (CA)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundHealth, Parenting and FamiliesWest
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 Childern 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 InitiativeAlameda County Health Care Services Agency (CA)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundHealthWest
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 ChildhoodMarion and Multnomah Counties (OR)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundParenting and FamiliesWest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

 — This project closed in 2016.
State of Nevada, Clark County and Las Vegas Early ChildhoodState of NevadaFeasibility, Social Innovation FundParenting and FamiliesWest
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 received 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 engaged in a feasibility study that explored 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 targeted Southern Nevada and was a part of Nevada’s ongoing efforts to improve early childhood education opportunities state-wide.The collaborative feasibility process between the HKS SIB Lab and Third Sector Capital Partners will focus on four main areas: (1) evaluation of whether or not proposed interventions produce the desired outcomes, (2) cost-benefit analysis of proposed interventions, (3) design of potential PFS payment structures and outreach to potential investors, and (4) assessment of the most rigorous evaluation strategies that can be used to measure the initiative’s outcomes.The State of Nevada is the only Social Innovation Fund Subgrantee leading an innovative partnership between state, county and city government to address PFS contracting and savings analysis for early childhood education interventions, which has the potential to serve as a model nation-wide. — This project closed in 2016.
Virginia Pay for SuccessDepartment of Health (VA)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundParenting and FamiliesEast
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Virginia Pay for Success Council, Virginia Department of Health, and Third Sector conducted a feasibility study to explore the impact of prenatal home visiting programs on birth and early childhood outcomes. The feasibility study, which began in late Spring 2016, focused on expanding prenatal home visitation for high-risk, low-income mothers through a Pay for Success (PFS) project. The feasibility analysis addressed a number of key criteria to provide evidence-based prenatal home visiting to the highest risk population of pregnant mothers through a PFS contract. — This project closed in 2016.
Austin/Travis County Health and Human ServicesAustin/Travis County (TX)Feasibility, Social Innovation FundHealth, Parenting and FamiliesMidwest
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 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, 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. — This project closed in 2017.
Project Welcome HomeSanta Clara County (CA)Launched ProjectsHomelessnessWest
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 acutely 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 recently 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 ConstructionJustice, Parenting and FamiliesMidwest
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The State of Illinois awarded one PFS contract to increase 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, coordinated a continuum of evidence-based practices to reduce utilization of institutional care for these dually involved youth. The project aimed to improve placement outcomes, reduce re-arrests, and improve child well-being and transitions to adulthood. Third Sector’s work included 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 seven child welfare agencies with deep ties to the Illinois community and over 741 years of experience serving youth in Illinois: Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Maryville Academy, OMNI Youth Services, One Hope United, SGA Youth & Family Services, UCAN and Youth Outreach Services. — This project closed in 2017.
Cuyahoga County Partnering for Family Success ProgramCuyahoga County (OH)Launched ProjectsHomelessness, Parenting and FamiliesMidwest
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 FranciscoSan Francisco City and County (CA)FeasibilityEducationWest
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. The feasibility study was completed in early 2015 with the intent of selecting at least one project to move forward with an RFP. — This project closed in 2015.
National Council on Crime and DelinquencyNational Council on Crime and DeliquencyFeasibilityJusticeNational
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 AngelesFirst Five Los Angeles (CA)FeasibilityHealth, Parenting and FamiliesWest
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 BlueprintLos Angeles County (CA)FeasibilityEducation, Health, Homelessness, Justice, Parenting and Families, Workforce DevelopmentWest
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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