NCCD Now: 2016 Pay for Success RFP

January 4, 2016 | NCCD


NCCD is excited to announce our second request for proposals (RFP) for Pay for Success (PFS) feasibility assessment technical assistance. We will select up to three entities to receive extensive technical assistance to determine the feasibility of using PFS to support evidence-based youth development programming. This programming must focus on reducing racial inequities in child welfare and juvenile justice systems through preventing entry into these systems and/or improving life outcomes for system-involved youth and young adults of color. The complete RFP can be found here.  

A recording of the informational webinar that describes the RFP and application process can be found here. Applications are completed in ZoomGrants. The application deadline is Friday, February 19, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. PST. 

Through our first competitive RFP in early 2015, we selected three partner organizations with promising programs that focus on reducing high-risk young people’s contact with the justice system. In each of these sites, the target population is primarily or entirely Black and/or Latino youth. The City of New Haven, Connecticut, is piloting Youth Stat, a locally developed strategy to identify and engage New Haven public high school students who are at high risk of delinquency and/or academic disengagement. Community Advocates, Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is piloting Youth Works MKE, an enhanced year-long youth employment and mentoring program for young men from high-violence neighborhoods who are currently enrolled in Milwaukee public high schools. The Children’s Initiative in San Diego, California, is expanding Alternatives to Detention, a community-based alternative to confinement for youth in the juvenile justice system. In partnership with these agencies and each of their community stakeholder groups, NCCD is completing program logic model and process flows, population projections, and cost-benefit analyses. Evaluation models and strategies for investor engagement also are under discussion.  

Positive youth development interventions, like those listed above, emphasize strengths and resilience and help prepare youth for success in school, active citizenship, productive work, and healthy and safe lives. These interventions are grounded in the theory that youth can avoid risky behavior, overcome hardships, and successfully transition from adolescence into early adulthood when they are supported through positive relationships with adult family and community members; gain strong interpersonal coping skills and a sense of self-efficacy through skills-based training; have access to quality, structured services appropriate to their developmental age; and are pro-socially engaged with their families, friends, and community.  

While many community-based youth development programs are open to all young people in the community, NCCD is interested in partnering with agencies and organizations that (1) intentionally focus resources on youth, families, and communities who are most at risk of or most impacted by involvement with the child protection or justice systems; and (2) use data to monitor interventions for the purpose of supporting improved outcomes. These programmatic interventions may include programming that supports youth and young people at risk of system involvement, those who are system-involved, and young people as they transition into adulthood. Potential programs may support young people post-system involvement with support services to help secure a livable wage, high school/GED completion and/or post-secondary education, civic engagement, violence prevention, and safer living environments. Selected sub-recipients will receive technical assistance valued between $50,000 and $200,000 from NCCD and its award partners, Kirkland & Ellis, City University of New York Institute for State and Local Governance, Potrero Impact Advisors, and The Raben Group.  

Contact Deirdre O’Connor with any questions about the RFP or NCCD’s PFS work; and check back frequently this month to follow the new PFS blog series that will include blog posts from our current sub-recipients and award partners as well as other thought leaders in the field. 


Piloting Pay for Success Funding in Milwaukee by Kari Lerch, Public Policy Institute

Could Pay for Success Financing Improve Trust in Government? by Aishatu Yusuf and Antoinette Davis

The Role of Cost-Benefit Analysis in a Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Contract by Shaun Edwards and Michael Jacobson, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

Will It Work?: Feasibility Assessment in Pay for Success by Chris Scharenbroch

No Place for Youth: Girls in the Adult Justice System by Antoinette Davis and Caroline Glesmann

Pay for Success and the Importance of Investment by Robert Montgomery

The History and Future of the Pay for Success Field by Amanda Silver and Aishatu Yusuf