Service Provider Readiness in Pay for Success Initiatives
Organizational readiness within the implementation science literature is broadly defined as a state in which an organization is sufficiently prepared to implement a change (often an evidence-based intervention). 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. Recently, there has been increasing focus on ways to support more organizations to become ready for PFS initiatives, to include less resourced organizations who could contribute to community efforts to address complex service challenges.
A number of questions emerge about readiness in PFS, which we begin to address in this brief: what does it mean to be “ready” for PFS? How important is it for selected providers to be ready at the start of a PFS project? What processes are being used to assess, as well as support, provider readiness throughout the PFS process?