Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Assessing the Impact

Published Friday, November 4, 2016 | by Eileen Neely, Sindhu Lakshmanan

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In this blog, part one of a new series, Living Cities outlines the first question it asks when evaluating a potential project: what will the impact be? To answer this question, Living Cities focuses on considerations such as outcomes, scale, and the target population. Outcomes--particularly people being on track for a better quality of life in the long-term--are much more important than outputs. For scale, this revolves around the proportion of the population served as well as replicability and building an evidence base. Lastly, Living Cities makes sure its investments are tied to its mission of serving low-income people.