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Investing for Success

Money article icon Issue Brief The Council on Foundations and the Center for American Progress jointly held two roundtable conversations in 2013 with potential social impact bond investors that produced a series of key policy questions.

By Kristina Costa | Monday, March 3, 2014

Networking for Success

Money article icon Issue Brief The Council on Foundations and the Center for American Progress jointly held two roundtable conversations in 2013 with potential social impact bond investors, concluding that strong cross-sector relationships are key to social impact bond transactions.

By Kristina Costa and Laura Tomasko | Monday, March 3, 2014

Fact Sheet: Social Impact Bonds in the United States

Nurse and child article icon Fact Sheet Through social impact bonds, the government can pay for programs that deliver results.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Social Finance: A Primer

article icon Issue Brief Sonal Shah and Kristina Costa consider three prominent social financing mechanisms with the potential of unlocking new sources of capital and revolutionizing how an array of social issues are addressed.

By Sonal Shah and Kristina Costa | Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pay-for-Success Programs Could Help OMB with Grant Guidance

Sylvia Mathews BurwellThe Office of Management and Budget should utilize the power of Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds when it determines how to allocate grant money.

By Sonal Shah and Kristina Costa | Friday, April 26, 2013

White House Budget Drives Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds Forward

New proposals in the Obama administration’s budget will help promote an innovative method to changing the way government does business and will provide a new approach to financing social programs.

By Sonal Shah and Kristina Costa | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Census Bureau Faces Danger from Budget Cuts and Ideological Grandstanding

Robert Groves article icon Issue Brief Attacking the U.S. Census Bureau today means that government and businesses will be less effective tomorrow.

By Kristina Costa | Thursday, April 18, 2013

Government’s Role in Pay for Success

Kristina Costa and Sonal Shab explore the benefits of Pay for Success financial mechanisms and detail the critical role that the government can play.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions: Social Impact Bonds

Filling out form book_alt2 icon Report This Frequently Asked Questions guide is intended to address common questions about social impact bonds in plain, straightforward language.

By Kristina Costa, Sonal Shah, Sam Ungar, and the Social Impact Bonds Working Group | Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New York City and Massachusetts to Launch the First Social Impact Bond Programs in the United States

Deval Patrick gives State of State addressThis summer New York City and Massachusetts helped make possible the notion that governments can pay only for successful outcomes in some social programs, by using social impact bonds to finance them.

By Kristina Costa and Jitinder Kohli | Monday, November 5, 2012

Show Us the DATA on Government Spending

Not even those in the federal government have a complete picture of how its money is being spent.

By Kristina Costa | Thursday, October 18, 2012

Infographic: Drinking Water and Wastewater by the Numbers

Due to decades of insufficient or misdirected investment, a significant portion of water-distribution and sewer systems are reaching or have already reached the end of their intended operational life and are beginning to fail.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Upgrade and Maintain Our Nation’s Wastewater and Drinking-Water Infrastructure

book_alt2 icon Report Many of our drinking-water and clean-water systems have been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair, but a number of common-sense reforms can help address the systems' failures.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Thursday, October 11, 2012

The 10 States Most Threatened by High-Hazard, Deficient Dams

Dam burst bars icon Charts Chart shows the 10 states with the most state-regulated, high-hazard dams in need of repair.

By Kristina Costa and Donna Cooper | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ensuring Public Safety by Investing in Our Nation’s Critical Dams and Levees

rebuilt levee book_alt2 icon Report The combination of extreme weather and flooding resulting from global warming and our aging dam and levee infrastructure means that without action, thousands of lives and communities are at risk and avoidable public costs will rise.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Thursday, September 20, 2012