Giving Compass' Take:
• Pay-for-performance pilot programs are successful in workforce development trainings, specifically for opportunity youth.  Third Sector Capital Partners encouraged collaboration from governments and private funders. 

• How can pay-for-performance strengthen workforce development in general and encourage more productive skill building? 

• Read more about the success of the pay-for-performance programs. 

Thanks to the persistence of social entrepreneurs across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This Evidence in Action blog series highlights the voices of the more than 70 social innovation organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition, the results-driven solutions our community has for our country’s most pressing social problems, and the evidence-based federal programs that are critical to scaling the impact of this work.

Today we will hear from Third Sector Capital Partners and its efforts to shift youth workforce training programs towards outcomes-based contracts using the recent Pay-for-Performance (P4P) provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Important changes in the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provide a favorable opening to focus on improving outcomes. With a shift towards longer-term outcomes through new performance measures and the authorization of Pay-for-Performance (P4P) contracts, there is a window of opportunity for workforce boards to build on the rich history of performance-based contracting, develop more comprehensive services and deploy resources in increasingly outcomes-driven ways. A deeper dive into these changes is included in our recent post, Evidence in Action: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

In 2016, as our second cohort of Social Innovation Fund sub-recipients, Third Sector selected five awardees to receive Pay for Success (PFS) technical assistance to strengthen youth workforce development programs throughout the United States.

Pay-for-Performance has provided a rallying point for governments, employers, providers, and funders to come together and strategize on how to better serve opportunity youth in these communities. These five pilot projects demonstrate the flexibility and diversity that exists within the parameters of WIOA P4P.

Read the full article about pay for performance by Celeste Richie at Third Sector Capital Partners