On behalf of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, I applaud U.S. Representatives Young and Delaney for re-introducing the Social Impact Partnership Act (H.R. 1336) today. This legislation is a big step toward making government more effective and responsive to the citizens it serves. We commend their bipartisan leadership and commitment to driving forward innovative, outcomes-focused policy.
It is important that governments find more effective ways to pay for and achieve real results. Last fall, the Beeck Center released a report demonstrating how governments can design policy for impact by paying for measurable outcomes rather than for services rendered. We have written about the importance of government leadership in advancing these outcomes-based approaches to finance social services. This legislation represents great progress towards creating a better, more effective government.
State and local governments have been at the forefront of efforts to implement outcomes-based approaches called Pay for Success. These projects aim to scale proven interventions in early-childhood education, homelessness, and juvenile recidivism. There are at least twenty-five new projects in the pipeline across the country. These initiatives are critical for the communities they serve. They ensure children receive quality education, they help the homeless transition off the street, and they keep juveniles out of prisons. These innovative, public-private partnerships are focused on achieving real social outcomes for our communities. Additionally, they use evaluation and data to make sure we are making progress towards our goals. Here at the Beeck Center, we believe that government can and should be more innovative in its approach to solving society’s greatest challenges.