Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah (Administrative Data Pilot)



Grantee Information

Federal Award: 1,500,000 over 3 years
Focus Area: Administrative Data for Pay for Success Projects
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Target Beneficiaries: Nonprofit organizations, public or nonprofit universities, state and local governments, tribes, as well as faith-based organizations operating in the U.S. that are actively involved with a Pay for Success project.

Housed at the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business, the Sorenson Impact Center (Center) develops innovative and data-driven solutions to difficult social problems.

Through this SIF grant, the Center will focus on removing both the legal and technical barriers to data access by crafting thorough sharing agreements and by utilizing reliable low- and no-cost (open-source) software tools. The Center will add capacity to its existing data science team in order to accelerate the construction and launch of Pay For Success projects around the country and across all three issue areas: youth development, economic opportunity, and healthy futures.. The Center seeks to help approximately twelve organizations to overcome these challenges.

 Entities Receiving Technical Assistance Through Sorenson Impact Center's Social Innovation Fund Administrative Data Pilot Award

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
NW Oregon Clatsop Kinder Ready Collaboration
San Diego Workforce Partnership

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago (CCAC) has been providing food, clothing, shelter, and counseling to the people in the city of Chicago and throughout Cook and Lane counties since 1917. In 2015, Catholic Charities’ agencies assisted over 75,000 individuals and families in attaining affordable permanent housing, with a total of 450,770 people receiving some form of assistance to stabilize their housing situation. Catholic Charities New Hope Apartments program is designed to end the cycle of homelessness by providing rapid rehousing with intensive case management services for homeless families with children under the age of 18, without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background. Through individualized service plans, clients focus on barriers to self-sufficiency, and work to increase income, decrease debt, and increase self-determination skills during their time in the program.

In addition to providing tailored data services to the New Hope program, the Center will help shape technical, legal, and administrative data policies for other organizations affiliated with the CCAC that are considering PFS.


NW Oregon Clatsop Kinder Ready Collaboration
Astoria, OR

Clatsop and Tillamook counties are collaborating to develop a program that will expand access to, and improve the quality of, preschool programming in their county school districts by partnering with the Northwest Oregon Kinder Ready program. The Northwest Oregon Clatsop Kinder Ready Collaboration have received a grant from the Department of Education to conduct a twelve-month Pay-for-Success feasibility study. The preschool program will aim to expand access to, and improve the quality of, preschool programming for children that qualify for free and reduced lunch, children who fall just above this income threshold (up to ~300% Federal Poverty Level), and children who are English Learners.

The Center will create data sharing agreements among several organizations and identify technical solutions for the cleaning, merging, and reporting of valuable information on the pre-k program.


San Diego Workforce Partnership
San Diego, CA

The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) funds job training programs for more than 24,000 San Diego residents that empower job seekers to meet the current and future workforce needs of employers in San Diego County. As part of their mission, SDWP funds youth programs that provide work-readiness training to youth from low-income households as well as youth who are at risk of dropping out of school. SDWP is developing its first ever Pay-for-Performance youth workforce development project with Second Chance, a not-for-profit service provider that specializes in job training and support services for justice-involved populations in San Diego. Second Chance provides workforce readiness training and job placement programs to youth and adults, including wrap-around services like transitional housing, behavioral health treatment and financial literacy to help our participants reach self-sufficiency.

The Center will help SDWP to access and interpret critical administrative data from the State of California, and consult more generally on the data needed for its outcome payments.

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