Developing the Cuyahoga Partnering for Family Success Program: Partner Perspectives and Lessons Learned

Caroline Wagner ,
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Third Sector Capital Partners
Pursuing a Pay for Success project is challenging, time and data intensive, and will almost certainly push all stakeholders out of their respective comfort zones. Having lived through this environment, the Cuyahoga Partnering for Family Success Program stakeholders maintain that the process of launching the project ultimately strengthened the relationship between government, service providers, funders and evaluators.

This report is intended to advance the national dialogue around the opportunities and challenges related to PFS projects and to assist others interested in exploring and developing Pay for Success projects. Because PFS demands collaboration across organizations and sectors, each project partner, whether government, service provider, funder, evaluator, project manager, or intermediary/transaction coordinator naturally experiences the PFS process differently. In the end, PFS launched because stakeholders worked toward the same goal: to measurably improve the lives of the most vulnerable families in Cuyahoga County’s child welfare system. This report shares Cuyahoga Partnering for Family Success Program’s “lessons learned” through the different perspectives of each project partner.

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