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ICS has developed templates for use in conducting a feasibility study for jurisdictions exploring Pay for Success for early childhood programs. Several of these templates are provided here for jurisdictions exploring Pay for Success on their own, or interested in learning more about ICS’s feasibility study technical assistance process.

Landscape Analysis Memo TemplateConducting a landscape analysis ensures that all parties are knowledgeable about the status of the interventions being considered for PFS.  The analysis provides important demographic and outcome information that inform the later stages of the feasibility study process.

Outcome Analysis Memo TemplateThe outcome analysis determines whether specific interventions produce outcomes that could be appropriate for a PFS contract.

Data Assessment and Baseline Analysis MemoThe data assessment and baseline analysis first determines whether the outcomes identified in the outcome memo can feasibly be measured in a jurisdiction. This analysis then calculates baseline measures for those outcomes that can be measured for the target population being considered for a PFS project.

Assessment of Service Provider Readiness MemoThe service provider readiness assessment determines whether or not service providers currently have, or could feasibly build, the capacity to operate and expand in a way that will achieve the outcomes that have been demonstrated by evidence.

This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) under Social Innovation Fund Grant No. 14PSHSC001. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, CNCS.

The Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund (SIF), and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

In 2009, President Obama authorized the creation of the Social Innovation Fund as part of the Corporation for National & Community Service to find solutions that work, and make them work for more people – by proving, improving and scaling effective models. SIF and its non-federal partners have invested nearly $1 billion in effective community solutions since the program’s inception. Launched in 2014, the SIF Pay for Success (PFS) program is designed to help cities, states, and nonprofits develop Pay for Success projects where governments pay service providers only when there are demonstrable results.

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