This is discussion about Nonprofit Innovation through Pay-for-Performance Funding - USA.
This sounds like a great program for its targeted demographic . In a pay for performance atmosphere it is difficult to maintain integrity. I have witnessed first hand and read news paper accounts of public school employees tilting their results to maintain financing. How will you prevent this dynamic?
Thanks for your question, Elena. It is a common criticism of the pay for performance method that because of the high incentive for showing success, an organization will recruit clients that are more likely to meet those success markers.
However, based on the contract Twin Cities RISE! has with the State of Minnesota, this is impossible. In the contract, there are clear criteria for the qualifications that a participant must meet when they come into our program. Those include no college degree, assets less than $7,000 and having an income of no more than $20,000 in the previous year. If participants do not meet those guidelines, we do not receive the funding. Thus, we are unable to pick and choose our participants to make the chance of funding easier. These types of guidelines would be important for other programs engaging in pay for performance funding.
In fact, the barriers to employment that our participants face are actually getting harder and harder. In 2000, 21% of our participants had a criminal history. In 2010, that went up to 59%. Instead of finding people who could improve our chances of getting money, we have a population of people who fit into our contract guidelines and also face some of the most difficult barriers to employment.
Let us know if you have other questions!
Dear Amy, you are doing a great job,but is it not a bit too costly and complicated for poor people to get access to the program? For a non-profit works what do you think is the best way to reach out to the poor? What i'm thinking was, how poor is identified in the US? Income below $20,000 p/annum is also quite a thing for/in India, how much do u think u can reach out in 1 year? Gud luck with ur entry!
Thanks for your comment on our project! It will definitely be necessary for organizations to set success measurements of their own, based on the situations in their states or countries. For us, it's jobs of $20,000/year, but that may not be the right measurement amount for another place or group.
Our participants come from deep poverty, oftentimes generational poverty. We reach out to these people by collaborating with other social service organizations in the area, recruiting on the streets, and through word of mouth. This has proven an effective way to find people who are a good fit for our program.
I hope this helps!
Congratulations on your entry. Best of luck!
That each of us is willing to work toward a common goal is awe inspiring. I am excited for the future to see how we all grow as colleagues nurturing human possibility.
Thanks, we appreciate it!
Thanks for the time it took to answer the transparency and integrity Q.
Minnesota is blazing a trail of hope for demographics otherwise exploited or neglected. I am familiar with the Springboard for the Arts in Minnesota also. They offer training, employment, health opportunities, and residencies to struggling artists.
Thank you again for the conversation.
President, Studio Seven
I voted! I hope this program continues to gain momentum! Keep up the great work!
Thanks so much for your support, Rachel! :)