Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Developing a Capacity-Assessment Toolkit to Assist a Broad-Base of Service Provider Organizations to Participate and Be Successful in Pay for Success Initiatives

Session Number: 1757
Track: Social Impact Measurement
Session Type: Expert Lecture
Tags: readiness, Social Impact Measurement
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Michael Marks [Senior Researcher - American Institutes for Research]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jason Katz [Researcher - American Institutes for Research]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Hanno Petras [Principal Researcher - American Institutes for Research ]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: CC - 22

Other Authors: Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia; Barbara Broman
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This 45-minute expert lecture builds off sessions presented from the 2016 and 2017 AEA conferences. It will focus on the methods, processes and challenges in developing a toolkit designed to prepare service providers, including those under-resourced and from disadvantaged communities, to participate in Pay for Success initiatives. After a brief overview of Pay for Success (PFS) Impact Investing, presenters will review the goals of the Capacity Toolkit, including as assessment of the importance of toolkit usage by various stakeholders within PFS initiatives. The methods and processes of developing the toolkit will then be reviewed, including key decision-points and pathways taken in developing the toolkit. Challenges in both measurement and administration will be reviewed emanating from stakeholders interviews and beta-testing. The session will conclude with a discussion of the potential and future direction of toolkit development and usage, with a special focus on assisting under-resourced organizations in participating in PFS initiatives.    


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