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Payment by Results and Social Impact BondsOutcome-Based Payment Systems in the UK and US$
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Kevin Albertson, Chris Fox, Chris O'Leary, and Gary Painter

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340706

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340706.001.0001

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Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds in the US

Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds in the US

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Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds

Kimberly Bailey

Jessica LaBarbera

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the development of Pay for Success (PFS) and Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) in the US. PFS ties payment for service delivery to the achievement of measurable outcomes. PFS projects to date have clustered primarily in three issue areas: criminal justice and recidivism, early childhood education and wellbeing, and homelessness. The chapter first provides an overview of the extent and trends relating to PFS and SIBs before discussing lessons learned from PFS programmes. It also considers the infrastructure support, evaluation approaches, and financial models for such programmes and concludes by analysing how the development of PFS in the US compares to that of programmes in other countries, and how PFS has been connected to the broader performance management practices in the US.

Keywords:   infrastructure support, Pay for Success, Social Impact Bonds, SIBs, criminal justice, recidivism, early childhood education, homelessness, financial models, performance management

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