Improving Social Impact Bonds: Assessing Alternative Financial Models to Scale Pay-for-Success

Nicholas Bergfeld, David Klausner, Matus Samel


Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) represent a new and innovative tool for promoting social welfare. If implemented correctly, they could represent a new frontier for public-private partnerships and philanthropic-private contracts. The limitations on the private provisioning of social welfare programs are decreasing, and recent technology allows for more accurate cost-benefit analysis and the measurement of more meaningful performance indicators. Taken together, these factors increase the technical feasibility of SIBs.


Policy Sciences

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