Pay for Success


MIDS Brief 4 Social Challenges in MI DevelopmentsIn fall 2014 Cuyahoga County launched the country’s first county-level Pay For Success initiative. Informed by our analysis of data from our CHILD integrated system, project partners decided to focus the project on reducing foster care stays for children whose families experience homelessness. The Poverty Center will evaluate the initiative’s progress and success over a five year period.

Cuyahoga County Press Release on Pay for Success Initiative

Pay for Success Case Study


Articles on Pay for Success:

$5M Ohio ‘Pay For Success’ Targets Homelessness And Child Welfare

Cuyahoga County Partnering for Family Success Progrmas.


Poverty Center at the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research Conference

Jan 9 2017

Several faculty and students from the Center of Urban Poverty and Community Development will be attending and presenting at the 21st annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) in New Orleans this week.

Dr. Claudia Coulton, co-director, and Dr. David Crampton, associate director, will be participating in the round table discussion Advancing the Impact of Ecologically Oriented Research on Child Maltreatment Prevention on Friday, January 13.

Recent Poverty Center faculty associate Dr. Cyleste Collins presents Bridging the Gap Between Researchers and “Regular People:” Building Research Capacity in Community Organizations on Friday as well.

Rong Bai, a doctoral student research assistant at the Center, is the presenting author on the ePoster Evaluating the Implementation of Partnering for Family Success on Saturday, January 14. The other authors on the poster are Dr. Collins, Dr. Crampton, and Center co-director Dr. Robert Fischer.

Also on Saturday, Dr. Coulton is presenting Temporal Effects of Distressed Housing on Child Maltreatment Among Young Children; Poverty Center doctoral assistant Youngmin Cho, faculty associate Dr. Francisca Richter, and Dr. Fischer are also authors.

2007 research by Dr. Coulton and others from the Center is being cited in another child maltreatment panel presented by faculty from the University of Southern California and New Mexico State University on Friday.

David Crampton Discusses Benefits of Pay for Success in Plain Dealer

Jan 5 2015

Dr. David Crampton, Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School, submitted the guest column “‘Pay for Success’ could benefit homeless families and Cuyahoga taxpayers” to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on December 31, 2014. Dr. Crampton discussed how the PFS program aims to reduce how long children with homeless caregivers will spend in foster care. This would both save tax dollars and show a more effective method to assist vulnerable families.

Partnering for Family Success, the first county-level PFS project in the country, was announced at a Chicago summit hosted by the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in December. The program started on January 1.

The Poverty Center houses an Integrated Data System that was used to determine the overlap between the homeless and child welfare systems in Cuyahoga County as preliminary analyses to identify the initiative’s target population.  The Center is continuing to evaluate the success and outcomes of PFS.


Read more articles about the Pay for Success initiative on the Mandel School blog →