April 20 -- The Office of Economic Policy in the Treasury Department announced it has funded the first of several social impact (pay-for-results) partnership projects as authorized by the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA). SIPPRA was signed into law on February 9, 2018 and is intended to improve the effectiveness of certain social services. The federal government will pay for a project only if predetermined project outcomes have been met and validated by an independent evaluator, a system called a “pay for results partnership.”
Congress appropriated $100 million for the SIPPRA program to implement “Social Impact Partnership Demonstration Projects” and feasibility studies to prepare for those projects. The SIPPRA program is largely administered by the Department of the Treasury (Treasury). To qualify as a social impact partnership project under this division, a project must produce one or more measurable, clearly defined outcomes that result in social benefit and Federal, State, or local savings through any of the following:
(1) Increasing work and earnings by individuals in the United States who are unemployed for more than 6 consecutive months.
(2) Increasing employment and earnings of individuals who have attained 16 years of age but not 25 years of age.
(3) Increasing employment among individuals receiving Federal disability benefits.
(4) Reducing the dependence of low-income families on Federal means-tested benefits.
(5) Improving rates of high school graduation.
(6) Reducing teen and unplanned pregnancies.
(7) Improving birth outcomes and early childhood health and development among low-income families and individuals.
(8) Reducing rates of asthma, diabetes, or other preventable diseases among low-income families and individuals to reduce the utilization of emergency and other high-cost care.
(9) Increasing the proportion of children living in two-parent families.
(10) Reducing incidences and adverse consequences of child abuse and neglect.
(11) Reducing the number of youth in foster care by increasing adoptions, permanent guardianship arrangements, reunifications, or placements with a fit and willing relative, or by avoiding placing children in foster care by ensuring they can be cared for safely in their own homes.
(12) Reducing the number of children and youth in foster care residing in group homes, child care institutions, agency-operated foster homes, or other non-family foster homes, unless it is determined that it is in the interest of the child’s long-term health, safety, or psychological well-being to not be placed in a family foster home.
(13) Reducing the number of children returning to foster care.
(14) Reducing recidivism among juvenile offenders, individuals released from prison, or other high-risk populations.
(15) Reducing the rate of homelessness among our most vulnerable populations.
(16) Improving the health and well-being of those with mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs.
(17) Improving the educational outcomes of special-needs or low-income children.
(18) Improving the employment and well-being of returning United States military members.
(19) Increasing the financial stability of low-income families.
(20) Increasing the independence and employability of individuals who are physically or mentally disabled.
(21) Other measurable outcomes defined by the State or local government that result in positive social outcomes and Federal savings.
The first agreement (total funding $9.4M) is with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to provide clean energy job training and supportive services to low-income individuals in New York State whose household income is below 60% of the State Median Income, including those participating in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), and other benefit programs. Priority populations include individuals who are long-term unemployed and youth who are 16 to 24 years of age. MDRC is the independent evaluator. Project agreement details can be seen at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-04-20/pdf/2021-08096.pdf
SIPPRA website: https://home.treasury.gov/services/social-impact-partnerships/sippra-pay-for-results
SIPPRA applications considered for award (October 9, 2019): https://www.dropbox.com/s/f7sjrgzk6xgrale/100919%20SIPPRA%20Public%20Presentation%20%28handout%29.pdf?dl=0
SIFFRA grant program funding terms and requirements: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/226/SIPPRA-NOFA-FINAL-FY2019.pdf
SIPPRA Outcome Valuation Template https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/226/SIPPRA-Outcome-Valuation-Template.pdf
SIPPRA Outcome Valuation Workbook https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/226/SIPPRA-Outcome-Valuation-Workbook.xlsx
SIPPRA Interagency Council: https://home.treasury.gov/SIPPRA/Council
SIPPRA Commission: https://www.facadatabase.gov/FACA/apex/FACAPublicCommittee?id=a10t0000001gzqlAAA,
including members and terms https://www.facadatabase.gov/FACA/FACAPublicViewCommitteeDetails?id=a10t0000001gzqlAAA
Future rounds of SIPPRA funding are dependent on evidence of initial success of projects funded in the first round.
Point of contact: Kathleen Victorino, SIPPRA Program Director, Office of Economic Policy Kathleen.Victorino2@treasury.gov