The University of Utah’s Sorenson Impact Center is a proud recipient of a grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Through this federal grant, the Sorenson Impact Center will provide data services to Pay-for-Success projects, including data and technical assistance to develop data access agreements, software tools for cleaning and merging data, legal and regulatory analyses to provide guidance on data privacy questions, and thorough statistical analyses and data visualizations.
The Center’s approach to the Administrative Data Pilot (ADP) is to assist up to four Service Recipients engaged in PFS projects per year on a rolling basis, with the expectation that each engagement will result in actionable solutions within a 12-month time frame; as projects conclude and staff resources become free, the Center will select new engagements from a waitlist in an effort to ensure that all resources are being fully utilized between competitions. Up to 12 recipients — roughly 4/year in each of the next 3 years— will receive anywhere from $75,000 to $400,000 in technical assistance. Eligible organizations are nonprofit organizations, public or nonprofit universities, state and local governments, tribes, as well as faith-based organizations operating in the U.S. that are actively involved with a Pay for Success project.
Sorenson Impact will provide a full data diagnosis and technical assistance for each program and develop the requisite data access agreements, software tools for cleaning and merging data, legal and regulatory analyses to provide guidance on data privacy questions and thorough statistical analyses geared toward facilitating high-quality PFS projects.
One such project is being developed by awardee Catholic Charities of the Archdioses of Chicago (CCAC). CCAC’s project will address homelessness through its New Hope Apartments program, designed to end the cycle of homelessness in Illinois’ Cook and Lane counties. The intervention provides rapid rehousing paired with intensive case management services for homeless families with children under the age of 18, regardless of religious, ethnic or economic background.
Meanwhile, the Northwest Oregon Clatsop Kinder Ready Collaboration is working to develop a program that will expand access to, and improve the quality of, preschool programming in Oregon’s Clatsop and Tillamook counties. The program’s target population is preschoolers that qualify for free and reduced lunch, those who fall just above the income threshold to qualify for free and reduced lunch and those who are English learners.
Down the Pacific coast in California, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is developing a youth workforce development project with Second Chance, a nonprofit service provider. Second Chance specializes in job training and support services for justice-involved populations in San Diego, including wrap-around services to help participants reach self-sufficiency, such as transitional housing, behavioral health treatment and financial literacy.
On March 1, 2017, Sorenson Impact reopened the grant competition for its second round.