The Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) became law in 2018 with the first round of funding just announced. States and local governments can trial promising social services programs with various partners to address some of the nation’s most pressing problems.
Also known as pay-for-success projects, they require impact measurement. Programs that don’t meet predetermined project outcomes by an independent evaluator are cancelled. According to the notice of funding availability, there will be $66.3 million for programs and $9.9 million to finance the independent evaluations.
Qualifying outcomes include:
- Increasing work and earnings by individuals in the United States who are unemployed for more than 6 consecutive months
- Increasing employment and earnings of individuals who have attained 16 years of age but not 25 years of age
- Increasing employment among individuals receiving federal disability benefits
- Reducing the dependence of low-income families on federal means-tested benefits
- Improving rates of high school graduation
- Reducing teen and unplanned pregnancies
- Improving birth outcomes and early childhood health and development among
low-income families and individuals
- Reducing rates of asthma, diabetes or other preventable diseases among low-income families and individuals to reduce the utilization of emergency and other high-cost care
- Increasing the proportion of children living in two-parent families
- Reducing incidences and adverse consequences of child abuse and neglect
- Reducing the number of youth in foster care by increasing adoptions, permanent guardianship arrangements, reunifications or placements with a fit and willing relative, or by avoiding placing children in foster care by ensuring they can be cared for safely in their own homes
- Reducing the number of children and youth in foster care residing in group homes, child care institutions, agency-operated foster homes or other nonfamily foster homes, unless it is determined that it is in the interest of the child’s long-term health, safety or psychological well- being to not be placed in a family foster home
- Reducing the number of children returning to foster care
- Reducing recidivism among juvenile offenders, individuals released from prison or other high-risk populations
- Reducing the rate of homelessness among our most vulnerable populations
- Improving the health and well-being of those with mental, emotional and behavioral health needs
- Improving the educational outcomes of children with special needs or from low-income families
- Improving the employment and well-being of returning United States military members
- Increasing the financial stability of low-income families
- Increasing the independence and employability of individuals who are physically or mentally disabled
- Other measurable outcomes defined by the state or local government that result in positive social outcomes and federal savings.
The maximum performance period for pay for results demonstration projects is seven and a half years. No match is required for funding.
Applications must be submitted by April 22, 2019 and letters of intent to apply are encouraged on or before April 8th to SIPPRA@treasury.gov.
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