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Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.

Grantee Information 

 

Federal Award: $1,910,159 over 3 years
Focus Area: Multiple
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Target Beneficiaries: Various
Collaborating Partners: New Profit, Abt Associates, National League of Cities, National Governor’s Association, National Association of Counties
Funding Partners: High Net Worth Individuals, Hewlett Foundation, Kresge Foundation, New Profit
Noteworthy: This project will allow for diversity of social issue areas and geographies and includes a broad range of partners. 

This project will leverage SIF funding to assess the feasibility of implementing Pay for Success (PFS) projects at the local and state level, including exploration of multi-government-level (local, state, federal) contracting and financing for outcomes-driven services. This project has two main goals:

  1. Create a laboratory for assessing and advancing promising PFS projects, providing technical assistance to approximately 14 government and/or service-provider Sub-Recipients (across two cohorts), selected because they have demonstrated engaged government decision makers, energized local funder support and/or exhibited a high degree of readiness to benefit from technical assistance for advancing a PFS initiative. 
  2. Build capacity to convert the lessons learned in our cohorts and other individual PFS projects into scalable PFS blueprints that will be transferred to a much wider audience by engaging deeply with the leadership organizations for state and local government.


Entities Receiving Social Innovation Fund Awards from Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.

Austin/Travis County, TX Health and Human Services Department
Center for Evidence-Based Policy/Friends of the Children/Marion and Multnomah Counties, OR
Denver Office of Economic Development
Economic Development & Industrial Corporation of Boston/Office of Workforce Development
Children and Families Commission of Orange County, CA
San Diego Workforce Partnership
State of Nevada/Clark County, NV/City of Las Vegas, NV
The SkillSource Group, Inc.
Virginia Pay for Success Council/Virginia Department of Health
Washington State Department of Early Learning and Thrive Washington
Workforce Solutions Capital Area
Year Up, Inc.


Austin/Travis County, Texas Health and Human Services Department

Austin, TX

Third Sector Capital Partners will work 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 will be the City of Austin and Travis County, TX.  Measurable outcomes to be achieved with this engagement include a clearly defined target population(s) and analysis of available administrative data. In addition, the engagement will conduct an intervention assessment and preliminary evaluability assessment to determine which issue area has the best viability for PFS. The intervention assessment will focus on the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) teen pregnancy prevention program Maternal Infant Outreach Program (MIOP).


Center for Evidence-based Policy; Marion and Multnomah Counties, OR; Friends of the Children

Oregon

Third Sector will work with three entities within the state of Oregon in one combined intensive technical assistance award based on PFS projects that are geographically-focused in Oregon within the issue area of youth development and success, specifically early childhood and disengaged youth in the county and state justice systems. The three feasibility studies that will be conducted will be led by The Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Marion and Multnomah Counties and the national nonprofit Friends of the Children.

Third Sector plans to provide all three sub-recipients a combined intensive award to conduct feasibility work, the outcomes of which will include: target population definition, cost-benefit analysis, development of PFS economic models, evaluability assessments, and PFS contract implementation plans.

Center for Evidence-based Policy Pay for Prevention Program Summary: The Center will receive 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 has also agreed to take on a lead coordinator role with Third Sector’s two other Oregon awardees.  

Friends of the Children Program Summary: Third Sector will work 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.

Marion and Multnomah Counties Program Summary: Third Sector will work 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 demonstrate an innovative partnership between two county-level governments and the state Oregon Youth Authority, offer unique urban and rural contexts for demonstration sites, and also create an opportunity to work with Youth Villages, a national evidence-based nonprofit with ability to scale interventions.


Denver Office of Economic Development

Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to implementing the WIOA Pay for Performance provisions to improve services for over 2,400 opportunity youth facing barriers such as homelessness, involvement with the foster care or justice systems, or disabilities.  OED is focused on barrier removal and prevention, educational and credential attainment, and creation of career pathways leading to middle-skill, sustainable employment to increase self-sufficiency for these youth.   The current budget set aside for Youth Pay for Performance provisions is $193,000.

 

Third Sector will offer intensive technical assistance services to conduct the feasibility of an outcomes-based contract in youth workforce development, including some or all of the following services: a P4P feasibility study, a P4P contract implementation plan, an evaluability assessment, cost-benefit analysis and support, a high-level integrated economic model, and the creation of funder interest groups. Additionally, it will support the Sub-Recipient’s participation in a multi-state learning community.


Economic Development & Industrial Corporation of Boston/Office of Workforce Development

The Economic Development & Industrial Corporation of Boston/Office of Workforce Development  proposes to explore the use of Pay for Performance (P4P) for their Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in the City of Boston, which has been evaluated in the past, but not under a P4P contract. SYEP provides summer employment for youth of a variety of ages and demographics in Boston. The four organizations currently providing services have a successful track record in building upon current achievements in financial literacy and job readiness for youth, and in the summer of 2015 collectively employed over 6,000 youth between the ages of 14-22 who worked between six to seven weeks, completing 20-25 hours per week on employment and participating in 15 hours of a structured job readiness curriculum.

Third Sector will offer intensive technical assistance services to conduct the feasibility of an outcomes-based contract in youth workforce development, including some or all of the following services: a P4P feasibility study, a P4P contract implementation plan, an evaluability assessment, cost-benefit analysis and support, a high-level integrated economic model, and the creation of funder interest groups. Additionally, it will support the Sub-Recipient’s participation in a multi-state learning community.


Children and Families Commission of Orange County, CA

Santa Ana, CA

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County, CA will receive an accelerating Pay for Success technical assistance award from Third Sector Capital Partners to assess their Bridges Maternal Child Health Network.  Measurable outcomes to be achieved with this engagement include a full-scope feasibility study with the goal to provide several key deliverables: the creation of a PFS Contract Implementation Plan, an Evaluability Assessment, a high-level Integrated Economic Model, the creation of Funder Interest Groups, and assessment of end-payers, particularly around Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs).

By engaging in a SIF grant, Third Sector and the Commission have the opportunity to build the PFS space by exploring MCO end-payer inclusion (MCOs have not participated in the PFS space to date) as well as documenting the impact of the validated Bridges Screening Tool across a set of evidence-based interventions.



The San Diego Workforce Partnership

The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is proposing to use Pay for Performance to experiment with cutting-edge workforce development interventions to improve services for two of San Diego’s highest need populations – foster youth and youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The goals of this process are to increase the percentage of participants who enter into a work opportunity or educational program after graduating services, increase the percentage of participants who remain in employment or educational placements in the third quarter after graduating services, and reduce the percentage of participants who are arrested or incarcerated for a crime or for violating their parole/probation after completing services. The SDWP, as one of the largest workforce development boards in the State of California, has a WIOA Youth formula allocation of approximately $7 million each year.

Third Sector will offer intensive technical assistance services to conduct the feasibility of an outcomes-based contract in youth workforce development, including some or all of the following services: a P4P feasibility study, a P4P contract implementation plan, an evaluability assessment, cost-benefit analysis and support, a high-level integrated economic model, and the creation of funder interest groups. Additionally, it will support the Sub-Recipient’s participation in a multi-state learning community.


State of Nevada, in partnership with Clark County, NV and City of Las Vegas, NV

The State of Nevada, Clark County and the City of Las Vegas will receive assistance from both the HKS SIB Lab and Third Sector Capital Partners to explore the use of Pay for Success in creating innovative strategies to improve social outcomes in early childhood education. Specifically, the three jurisdictions will engage in a feasibility study that will explore 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 will target Southern Nevada and will be 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.

Additionally, the University of Utah Sorenson Impact Center will provide to the City of Las Vegas a PFS Fellow and the related training and technical assistance to develop a PFS program.  The Sorenson Impact Center’s technical assistance services include: (1) research and data analysis to help the City identify and describe a target population and baseline outcomes for that population; (2) financial modeling and analysis of costs of various interventions versus the benefits to the City from those interventions; (3) budget scan to identify spending priorities and potential areas for cost savings; (4) high-level project support from Lab staff; and (5) connecting the City to other PFS-related resources around the country as needed.  Measureable outcomes of this program include a completed feasibility study identifying a target population, baseline outcomes, anticipated programmatic outcomes, and an estimate of cost savings / avoidance.


The SkillSource Group, Inc.

The SkillSource Group, Inc. is the nonprofit entity of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board. It runs One-Stop Employment Centers across Northern Virginia and aims to develop an innovative model to integrate young adults, who are aging out of the foster care system or have been involved in the juvenile justice system, with the WIOA Youth Program in order to increase educational attainment and sustainable employment and reduce criminal behavior. In PY 2015, SkillSource received $4.3 million in funding for WIOA Programs ($1.3 million for the WIOA Youth Program) and expects future funding to be consistent with this amount. The Northern Virginia WIOA Youth program is one of the largest programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling 315 opportunity youth in their program in 2015.

Third Sector will offer intensive technical assistance services to conduct the feasibility of an outcomes-based contract in youth workforce development, including some or all of the following services: a P4P feasibility study, a P4P contract implementation plan, an evaluability assessment, cost-benefit analysis and support, a high-level integrated economic model, and the creation of funder interest groups. Additionally, it will support the Sub-Recipient’s participation in a multi-state learning community.


Virginia Pay for Success Council (Virginia PFS) and Virginia Department of Health

Richmond, VA

Virginia PFS will receive a developmental technical assistance award from Third Sector to explore PFS feasibility of prenatal home visiting programs with the potential to improve medical, social and educational outcomes for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The preliminary target population includes low-income Medicaid-qualifying pregnant women in Greater Richmond, South Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, and Greater Roanoke who are Medicaid or FAMIS (Virginia's health insurance program for children).

Measurable outcomes to be achieved with this engagement include a population data analysis and assessment to gain a better understanding of baseline outcomes within the target geographies; intervention evaluability assessment to clarify potential cost-benefits and justifications for end-payers; and end-payer financial assessment to determine if MCOs could serve as an end-payer). 

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s engagement is innovative for several reasons: 1) Partnership between the private-sector led Virginia Pay for Success Council and the Virginia Department of Health; 2) Virginia’s Governor has placed significant importance on early childhood issues, innovation and established a Children’s Cabinet; and 3) Exploring having a Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) serve as a potential end-payer (MCOs have yet to participate in PFS).


Washington State Department of Early Learning and Thrive Washington

Olympia, WA

The Institute for Child Success and Third Sector Capital Partners will collaborate to provide a joint cohort-based model of technical assistance for Washington State’s Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Thrive Washington.  The DEL seeks to expand programs that enhance child development and well-being, reduce child abuse and neglect, and promote school readiness.  To that end, the Department sought out Pay for Success (PFS) technical assistance to conduct a feasibility study focused on scaling Home Visiting programs across the state such that a higher number of at-risk families could be served.  The study will assess which outcomes could potentially generate the most cost savings, where the savings is most likely to be realized, the cost of scaling, the landscape of potential philanthropic and private sector investment, legislative and advocacy support, and how best to develop a blueprint for the next steps in implementation, among other things.

Through the partnership, Third Sector will create a PFS Contract Implementation Plan, an Evaluability Assessment, a high-level Integrated Economic Model, a cost-benefit analysis and budget, and Funder Interest Groups. Third Sector will also lead the identification of procurement options, will obtain, finalize, and analyze any relevant data linkages across government administrative data systems, and will propose relevant target population size and outcome metrics.  ICS will identify viable service providers for the proposed PFS project, and also lead development and sharing of lessons learned with the national early childhood community. ICS will also help the service provider understand its capacity and organizational needs in order to scale up for a PFS project and will help the provider understand its cost structure and drivers.


Workforce Solutions Capital Area

Workforce Solutions Capital Area (Austin, TX) is committed to using the Pay for Performance provisions of WIOA, combined with their efforts around youth outcomes data, to improve services for Opportunity Youth. If selected, Workforce Solutions will become the first workforce board in the State of Texas to consider and evaluate Pay for Performance under WIOA. Including the $1.6 million of WIOA funding available for youth, more than $2.5 million is invested in Opportunity Youth workforce development initiatives managed through Workforce Solutions. Workforce Solutions has placed a strong emphasis through WIOA funding on transition to and retention in postsecondary education and training, literacy and numeracy gains, and placement in employment or education.

Third Sector will offer intensive technical assistance services to conduct the feasibility of an outcomes-based contract in youth workforce development, including some or all of the following services: a P4P feasibility study, a P4P contract implementation plan, an evaluability assessment, cost-benefit analysis and support, a high-level integrated economic model, and the creation of funder interest groups. Additionally, it will support the Sub-Recipient’s participation in a multi-state learning community.
 


Year Up, Inc.

Boston, MA

Year Up will receive a developmental technical assistance award from Third Sector to explore the PFS feasibility of the Professional Training Corps (PTC) Model for workforce development. The PTC Model is an intensive one-year program for young adults, aged 18 to 24, who have a high school diploma or GED. PTC participants spend six months learning technical and professional skills in the classroom and then apply those skills during six-month internships at one of Year Up’s 250 employer partners. The target population has not been finalized, but may include Opportunity Youth aged 18-24 who are disconnected from school and work. The primary proposed geographic location for the PFS project is Washington State. Other potential and additional areas of exploration are Santa Clara County, CA, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Year Up presents an opportunity for a provider to scale nationally through PFS. Year Up is an established organization that has the capacity to be scale to multiple jurisdictions. By engaging in a SIF grant, Third Sector and Year Up also have the opportunity to explore PFS for purely workforce development programs.  Measurable outcomes to be achieved in this engagement include a Population Assessment and Intervention Review report that will assess and gather PFS data sources, and will assess the viability of the proposed PTC model.

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