Initial Pay for Success (PFS) projects emphasized the selection of provider organizations with sufficient expertise and experience as well as an administrative capacity to support scale-up of adopted interventions. A number of questions emerge about readiness in PFS, which we address in these briefs.
The transition back to civilian life is difficult for many veterans. Often times, military training does not directly translate to civilian skills and available jobs back home. Addressing these challenges is the central aim of the San Diego Veterans Employment Pay for Success Initiative, Project (re)LAUNCH, a partnership of the San Diego Workforce Partnership; Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.; 2-1-1 San Diego; and AIR.
Pay for Success models bring together investors with local, state, and federal government agencies to fund and improve education, health, and social services. For the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Justice, AIR is testing a PFS model in Maryland to support people experiencing chronic homelessness in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
A major challenge in the growth of the Pay for Success model, which brings together investors with government agencies to fund and improve services in the community, is effective assessment of provider capacity. AIR is creating an organizational readiness toolkit, which is informed by a synthesis of the current literature on PFS and implementation science, as well as interviews with leading intermediary organizations and their community partners.
English language learners often need additional support to read at grade level by the third grade—a milestone predictive of future educational and occupational success. Yet schools and communities often do not have the resources to provide those supports. AIR is conducting the feasibility phase of a Pay for Success project for the U.S. Department of Education to improve English language acquisition for Spanish-speaking children in pre-K through third grade.