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Federal Award: $1.05 million over 3 years
Focus Area: Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures, Youth Development
Geographic Focus: Nationwide

Urban Institute is a nonprofit research organization nationally known for objective and nonpartisan research and educational outreach on a range of policy topics, and is leading the application through its Pay for Success Initiative (PFSI) and National Neighborhood Partnership Program (NNIP).

Over three years Urban will engage approximately eight PFS projects nationally, in all three CNCS issue areas, to provide training and technical assistance (T&TA) on the full spectrum of PFS data-related issues to help move projects from planning to implementation to evaluation using the most rigorous methods possible. Urban’s strategy to assist service recipients includes: 1) T&TA teams of Urban staff and Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) subject area experts to develop and execute customized T&TA plans; 2) AISP training in PFS-focused integrated data capacity; and 3) a PFS learning community of data pilot and PFSI projects. Urban has the capacity to receive, link, and analyze data, but this work aims to help develop data capacity locally after the pilot period ends. Finally, Urban will disseminate materials and reports to PFS projects and the public, to expand individual projects resources, support the PFS field, and improve public awareness of how administrative data may be used for the public good.


Organizations Receiving Technical Assistance through Urban Institute's Social Innovation Fund Administrative Data Pilot Award

Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless
Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic



Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless
Charlottesville, VA

The Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition’s PFS project is in the feasibility phase, and would provide permanent housing and supportive services to 75 local homeless individuals that are high utilizers of local emergency service systems, and unlikely to benefit from short-term housing assistance. Urban will conduct a comprehensive assessment of their technical assistance needs, and develop a training and technical assistance plan to help them access the administrative data necessary to refine their target population and identify outcomes for their planned intervention.



Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic
Providence, RI

Clinica Esperanza is developing “Bridging the Gap”: a PFS initiative to improve the health of low-income residents through a comprehensive program offering high-quality, pre-insured healthcare and health education programs. Approximately 1,200 patients will be enrolled over the next 12 months. Urban will conduct a comprehensive assessment of their technical assistance needs, and develop a training and technical assistance plan to help them access the administrative data necessary to track their program population in linked clinical and Medicaid claims datasets, and to identify cost savings outcomes for their planned intervention.

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