Just released: Highlights from our DC event

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Reorienting Around Outcomes

The greatest hope of people working in the social sector is to make a positive, long-term impact. But, too often, the funding systems that support their work incentivize a short-term focus on “outputs.” For example, a shelter is typically funded based on beds filled each night—rather than an “outcome” like the number of people who transition to permanent housing.

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities, a project of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, features essays by dozens of leaders, exploring the possibilities of an outcomes-based world.

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Outputs vs. Outcomes

What's the difference between "outputs" and "outcomes"? And how does our funding system affect the ability of service providers to focus on long-term results?

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May 31, 2017
By Antony Bugg-Levine and Kerry Sullivan • Chronicle of Philanthropy

Grant Makers, Put Results First in Deciding How to Give

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Broad Support and Innovation Drive Social Sector Shift to Outcomes

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"Only Collaboration Can End America's Opioid Crisis"

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"We Won’t End Homelessness Until We Figure Out What Actually Works"

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New NFF Report: Pay for Success Scorecard: Lessons from the Vanguard of the Outcomes Movement

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