Deborah Smolover

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Deborah Smolover

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Real Momentum Behind 'Pay for Success'

Posted by Deborah Smolover on Aug 1, 2014 7:19:10 AM

Defying prevailing political winds, Congress has passed, and President Obama just signed into law, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) -- the first update to federal workforce programs in nearly 15 years. This unique moment of bipartisan, bicameral unity is notable not solely for its rarity within the current climate of legislative inertia,  but because WIOA will provide critical support to millions of Americans struggling to gain the job skills they need in this tough economy.

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Tags: Pay For Success, Roca Inc., America Forward Coalition, WIOA, Pay f, WIA. America Forward

America Forward Op-Ed on TheHill.com: 'Pay for Success' Could Change the Way Government Works

Posted by Deborah Smolover on Jun 16, 2014 4:48:46 PM

"Enabling local authorities to tie funding to results for a portion of their formula funds and supporting state efforts to assist them is important for several reasons. First, it means that at least some scarce federal dollars will be paid out only when results are achieved, ensuring that these funds go to programs that work and not to those that do not. Second, by opening eligibility to new programs not currently supported by workforce legislation, the WIOA embraces innovation by expanding support to new providers with strong track records that would otherwise be shut out of the federal system."

On behalf of America Forward, I authored an op-ed on Pay for Success (or Social Impact Bonds) which was  published on TheHill.com today.  Please click through to the link to read the entire piece:

'Pay for Success' Could Change the Way Government Works

Deborah Smolover is  Executive Director of America Forward, a nonpartisan policy initiative of New Profit Inc.

 

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Tags: Pay For Success, social impact, Social Innovation News, America Forward Coalition, Deborah Smolover, WIOA

Webinar: Join us June 3rd for "Why Ending Child Hunger is an Education, Workforce, and Public Health Issue"

Posted by Deborah Smolover on May 28, 2014 9:50:52 AM

If you work in an organization meeting the needs of at risk communities, chances are you’ve encountered issues of childhood hunger without even knowing it.

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Tags: Michelle Obama, Penn Hill Group, Social Innovation News, America Forward Coalition, City Year, Food Corps, Alex Nock, Debra Eschmeyer, Jeff Jablow, childhood hunger, Josh Wachs, No Kid Hungry Campaign

America Forward Commends Congress for Workforce Legislation Announcement, Urges Swift Passage

Posted by Deborah Smolover on May 22, 2014 6:21:30 AM

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Tags: Pay For Success, Social Innovation News, America Forward Coalition, Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN), Senator Michael Bennet (D-OH), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), WIA, WIA. America Forward