Author ORCID Identifier

Robert L. Fischer

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-21-2016

Abstract

The Pay For Success (PFS) and Social Impact Bond (SIB) movements to date have focused heavily on shorter-term outcomes that can be monetized and show clear savings to government entities. In part, this focus derives from the need to specify contract payments based on a narrow set of well measured outcomes (e.g., avoided days in jail and foster care, decreased use of behavioral health services). Meanwhile efforts to measure the social return on investment (SROI) of interventions have sought to expand the view of relevant outcomes to include domains that lend themselves less clearly to monetization. This paper explores the intersection between these two movements with illustrations from a SIB initiative underway focused on homeless families with children in foster care. Challenges and potential for SROI in a third-party payor environment will be discussed as well as opportunities to better leverage the strengths of both types of initiative.

Keywords

social return on investment, pay for success

Publication Title

Evaluation and Program Planning

Volume

64

First Page

105

Last Page

109

Rights

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

Comments

This is a peer reviewed Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Elsevier in Evaluation and Program Planning, available at: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.11.012

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