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Answering Biden’s Challenge

Panel sitting in front of screen with words, Biden Challenge. Panelists pictured from left Philip Joyce, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Public Policy in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy; Vanessa Crossgrove Fry, Assistant Director of the Idaho Policy Institute and Assistant Research Professor in the School of Public Service at Boise State University; Leland Ware, the Louis L. Redding Chair for the Study of Law and Public Policy with UD’s School of Public Policy and Administration; Stephanie Hoopes, Director of United Way’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Project; Heather Getha-Taylor, Associate Professor with the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas; and Dan Smith, Associate Professor in UD’s School of Public Policy and Administration and Program Director of the Master of Public Administration program.

IPI Research Director Vanessa Fry was invited to present her work on the Pay for Success model at the University of Delaware’s recent Biden Challenge Conference. Fry’s work, “Pay for Success: A Policy Innovation for Social and Economic Stability,” was featured as part of the Budget Priorities plenary.

Pay for Success is a financing model that uses private sector and/or philanthropic capital to pay for preventive social services. Fry has written and presented extensively on the Pay for Success model as a tool for addressing chronic homelessness in Boise.

The Biden Institute and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration organized the Sept. 28 conference as a way to generate ideas for revitalizing the middle class, seeking answers to the question, “What policy solutions do you propose to ensure America a growing and thriving middle class, that they continue to be relevant?”

Biden Challenge Conference

Pay for Success Financing research presented by Vanessa Fry, Research Director