The University of Utah’s Policy Innovation Lab (Lab) is calling for proposals

ARTICLE | Feb 12, 2015

The University of Utah’s Policy Innovation Lab (Lab) is calling for proposals from state, county, city and tribal governments in 10 States in the Western US to participate in the Lab’s Innovation Fellowship Program. Three to five governments will be selected to participate in the program through which they will receive high-level support services and cash sub-grants of between $75,000 and $250,000 each to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a pay for success (PFS) project in their communities. The RFP was announced on January 21, 2015, and applications are due February 24, 2015. An informational webinar will be held on February 4, 2015 at 3 pm EST (register for the webinar at http://sgiicenter.com/policy-innovation-lab/).

The RFP is open to executive and agency offices within state, county, city and tribal governments in the following 10 states: Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota and North Dakota. Respondents will be required to identify in their application a policy area in which they wish to explore implementation of PFS (e.g., recidivism, homelessness, early childhood education, etc.). In addition to the cash grants and support services to governments, the Lab will provide in-depth PFS technical assistance to select service providers working in those policy areas in each Innovation Fellowship Program jurisdiction pursuant to a subsequent RFP (expected to be released in April 2015).

For more information, please contact the Policy Innovation Lab at (385) 242 6829 or pfs@sgiicenter.com. The RFP is available online at http://sgiicenter.com/policy-innovation-lab/ where you can also obtain information about webinars and FAQs associated with this program.
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About pay for success: PFS is a form of government contracting that prioritizes paying for outcomes of a social service rather than merely funding the delivery of services. Private investors participating in a PFS project pay the upfront costs for providing evidence-based social services and government agencies repay investors with a modest return on their investment only if the program achieves agreed-upon outcomes.

About the Policy Innovation Lab: The Policy Innovation Lab at the Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center at the David Eccles School Business is an applied academic institution dedicated to facilitating innovative cross-sector and evidence-based policies and programs throughout the western United States. Its initial focus is on Pay for Success initiatives, which employ an innovative financing structure to fund data-driven programs that demonstrate positive results. The Lab is a proud recipient of a grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States.

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