The Institute for Child Success, a nonprofit focused on early childhood success, released a study assessing the feasibility of Pay for Success financing to improve outcomes among South Carolina’s youth. "Using Pay for Success Financing to Improve Outcomes for South Carolina's Children: Results of a Feasibility Study" is the culmination of seven months of work and was released in September 2013 with the assistance of The Duke Endowment and South Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services.
The study found that Pay for Success financing could indeed be used to scale up early childhood programs such as the Nurse-Family Partnership, which is a program for low-income first-time mothers - either pregnant or with young children - to receive in-home support from a nurse. Many such programs have been implemented successfully, but not at a scale to make the maximum impact in South Carolina.
This study was led by Megan Golden with assistance from Joe Waters and Kevin Seok-Hyun Mun.