Social Finance: A Primer
Understanding Innovation Funds, Impact Bonds, and Impact Investing
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. Read more →
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.
Frequently Asked Questions: Social Impact Bonds
Report This Frequently Asked Questions guide is intended to address common questions about social impact bonds in plain, straightforward language.
Pay-for-Success Programs Could Help OMB with Grant Guidance
The 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.
New York City and Massachusetts to Launch the First Social Impact Bond Programs in the United States
This 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.
Accelerating Infrastructure Improvements with Better Public Policies that Tap Private Investment
Report Leveraging additional private investment will help close our nation’s infrastructure-funding gap and enable the completion of hundreds of critical projects that will provide substantial economic returns for American taxpayers.
How to Upgrade and Maintain Our Nation’s Wastewater and Drinking-Water Infrastructure
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.
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.
Ensuring Public Safety by Investing in Our Nation’s Critical Dams and Levees
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.
The 10 States Most Threatened by High-Hazard, Deficient Dams
Charts Chart shows the 10 states with the most state-regulated, high-hazard dams in need of repair.
Creating a National Infrastructure Bank and Infrastructure Planning Council
Report An infrastructure bank and planning council would better organize spending on infrastructure projects, as well as increase public and private investment in those projects.
Getting America’s Freight Back on the Move
Report Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper offer recommendations for boosting investment in our economically critical freight infrastructure.
Report Scott Lilly and Eleanor Hill interview budget policy staff to get inside perspectives on the federal government's budgeting process.
A New Approach to Budgeting
Jitinder Kohli weighs in on the potential of a recent Office of Management and Budget memorandum to spur agencies to focus on evidence and research in budgeting decisions.
Increasing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Existing Public Investments in Early Childhood Education
Report Donna Cooper and Kristina Costa examine the benefits of early childhood education programs and discuss ways to enhance and improve the existing federally supported early childhood education system.