#202: Salt Lake County Leads Country In Pay-For-Success Financing
January 15, 2015 - Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://onforb.es/1u7gX8t. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwitunes or on Stitcher by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwstitcher. Salt Lake County reports having deployed the first implementation of a pay-for-success financing at the county level in the country. Mayor Ben McAdams has been actively involved and is now looking for more ways to apply the nascent financing structure, sometimes called social impact bonds. McAdams says, “Salt Lake County used the Pay for Success model to send 600 additional low-income kids to preschool in 2013.” “The Pay for Success model creates a huge opportunity to put taxpayer dollars towards what actually works, rather than following an out-dated recipe that we once thought or hoped would work,” McAdams adds. McAdams explains his motivation, “Pay for Success is a new and different approach to traditional government programming geared towards addressing social needs in the community. Pay for Success is about better accountability for taxpayer dollars and funding what we know works.” McAdams sees this as a beginning. “We’re interested in following data and evidence to scale up programs that help folks in their effort to get on a better path for their future.” Next week, the Mayor is hosting a conference on Pay For Success in Salt Lake City in partnership with the White House. Sponsors for the conference include the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Please consider whether a friend or colleague might benefit from this piece and, if so, share it.