RAND Europe conducted an independent evaluation of the UK Department of Health's drug and alcohol recovery payment-by-results pilots to determine whether market forces can encourage the development of better recovery programs.
While there are many policy options that may decrease pension liabilities for Chicago and cities and states in similar situations, some options being considered may also have serious consequences for the public sector workforce, now and in the future.
A process evaluation of a new funding mechanism implemented at a prison in the east of England, whereby private investors covered the costs of delivering public services to offenders on release from prison, provides evidence and key lessons on the operation of social impact bonds.
In a tight fiscal climate the UK government has been an innovator in ways to fund and deliver effective public services. New funding arrangements present opportunities for developing the evidence base for policy and practice, since they are associated with different types of service providers.
RAND Europe has evaluated the world's first Social Impact Bond (SIB), an innovative payment-by-results mechanism to fund public services which aims to reduce reoffending by prisoners. This report presents the initial findings of the evaluation.
At a time when government finances are stretched there is growing interest in finding new ways to fund public services. In 2010 the first ever Social Impact Bond was launched in the UK to provide investors who had funded government interventions for imprisoned offenders with a portion of the resultant savings.
RAND recently assessed accountability systems in five sectors (child care, education, health care, public health emergency preparedness, and transportation) and made recommendations on how to improve such systems to better achieve government or agency goals.
Creating an effective Performance-Based Accountability System (PBAS) requires careful attention to selecting an appropriate design for the PBAS, given the context in which it is to operate, and to monitor, evaluate, and adjust the system, as appropriate.
Evidence supports continued experimentation with and adoption of performance-based accountability systems (PBAS) in various sectors: child care, education, health care, public health emergency preparedness, and transportation. However, PBAS design and its prospects for success depend on the context in which it will operate.
Senior Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Education Ph.D. in organizational behavior, Stanford University; B.S. in economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania