Social Impact

Better Outcomes Through Data-Sharing: San Francisco’s Shared Youth Database

Do we really know our kids well enough to serve them well? If not, how do we build local partnerships and systems that make it possible to share sensitive and confidential information about young people while still protecting the privacy rights of parents and children? Over the course of four decades working to keep young …

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Childhood adversity and behavioral health outcomes for youth: An investigation using state administrative data

This study aimed to measure the relative contribution of adverse experiences to adolescent behavioral health problems using administrative data. Specifically, we sought to understand the predictive value of adverse experiences on the presence of mental health and substance abuse problems for youth receiving publicly funded social and health services. Medicaid claims and other service records …

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Chattanooga data efforts get boost from Bloomberg

Chattanooga is among the first eight cities selected for a nationwide initiative to improve government performance and transparency through civic data. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities is providing support and training for midsize cities. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation is spending $42 million over three years to connect cities with experts in data …

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Paying for Results: Making the Case for Funding ‘Pay for Success’ Initiatives (Industry Perspective)

Pay for success financing (PFS), often part of a social impact bond, is a new concept in which private investment supports the delivery of preventive services that save the government money —  and those savings are used to repay the investment. PFS is attractive because it has the potential to finance innovative evidence-based services while …

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New Program Aims to Help Reduce Recidivism in Allegheny County

A Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant will fund a new program in Allegheny County aimed at providing affordable housing, employment services and other support for a group of men and women most at risk of returning to jail. The Allegheny County Mental Health and Justice Housing program, an effort of the Allegheny County …

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3 Questions: Amy Finkelstein on testing health care systems

Amy Finkelstein, an MIT economist, explains why randomized trials can improve medical care. “About 80 percent of studies of U.S. medical interventions use randomized controlled trials (RCTs), the gold standard of laboratory research. But only about 18 percent of studies of U.S. health care delivery use RCTs. That can and should change, suggests Amy Finkelstein, …

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Performance Partnership Pilots (P3)

The P3 solicitation was released yesterday, and Forum FYI has created a P3 Hub with all the information necessary for applying. The Federal Register announcement states, “The Partnership Pilots (P3) program…will enable up to ten pilot sites to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth …

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Open Movement in NY Exemplifies Data Uses

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently featured an article detailing open data in the State of New York. The article, “Liberating Data to Transform Health Care: New York’s Open Data Experience,” describes an open data revolution promoting data that’s publicly accessible, available in multiple formats, and free of charge, with unlimited use and …

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Unprecedented Pay For Success Initiative Launched in New York State

New York State has launched its first ever state-led Social Impact Bond (SIB), and Social Finance, a nonprofit organization that presented at AISP’s November 2013 conference, played a key role in its inception. In this deal, many organizations and agencies, including Social Finance, The State of New York, The Center for Employment Opportunities, Bank of …

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New York Times Reports Ways in Which Poverty is Being Addressed

In a recent op-ed, The New York Times described today’s state of poverty and society’s gradual but evident steps towards progress to amend it. Although the issue of poverty has yet to be resolved, progress in repairing social problems has emerged in several identified areas. The report breaks this down into three categories. First, organizations …

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Pioneer Post Hails AISP as Effective Means to Address SIB Funding

AISP is featured as an innovative model of measuring the true cost and benefits of social programs. Both AISP and author Steve Goldberg agree that capturing pragmatic data is crucial to obtain significant social benefits funded by  Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). This article, “Babies, bathwater, and desperately seeking savings” discusses funding options of SIB projects …

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Family Group Decision Making: A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact on Out-of-Home Placement

In 1999, Allegheny County became the first county in Pennsylvania to implement Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), an intervention designed to improve safety and permanency for maltreated children. FGDM involves bringing a family’s natural support system to the table with the formal child welfare system when making critical decisions, including placement decisions. In 2011, with …

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The Unique and Combined Effects of Homelessness and School Mobility on the Educational Outcomes of Young Children

This study examined the unique and combined associations of homelessness and school mobility with educational well-being indicators, as well as the mediating effect of absenteeism, for an entire cohort of third-grade students in Philadelphia. Using integrated archival administrative data from the public school district and the municipal Office of Supportive Housing, multilevel linear models were …

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