To ensure green finance is really “green,” tie financing to results

Though many consider all green finance innovative, most instruments are conventional and could be improved by a heightened emphasis on results.

Housing market revival is key to Detroit’s economic recovery

A healthy housing market can build Detroit residents’ wealth, attracts new residents, stabilize neighborhoods, and generate revenue for local government.

Federal data empowers local decisionmaking

A proposed bill to protect local decisionmaking could end up limiting access to federal data used by local governments to make informed decisions.

Creating a door out of poverty starts with partnerships

How can we act on the growing evidence base and increasing awareness about the central importance of housing?

Introducing the Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative

The Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative develops tools to inform evidence-based policymaking at all levels of government.

Managing investor risk in pay for success

All investments carry risk. Pay for success projects are no exception.

Place, race, and economic mobility

Evidence suggests that there is a connection between children’s economic future and factors that have nothing to do with individual effort, such as their parents’ income, race, and the neighborhood in which they live.

The strongest way to measure the success of a PFS project

Measuring the impact of spending on social programs is critical to making sure we get the most bang for our scarce government bucks.

Can Orange is the New Black pay for success?

Recidivism is a measurable outcome and metrics like costs per occupied bed in a facility like Litchfield show a clear financial benefit associated with fewer people reoffending.

How much is school readiness worth to local governments?

Can the benefits of entering kindergarten with a strong foundation be quantified? What’s a reasonable amount to pay for preschool programs that successfully improve children’s outcomes?