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  1. Governor
  2. Pay for Success


On behalf of the people of Illinois, welcome to the state’s Pay for Success (PFS) website.  Illinois launched a PFS program in 2013, aiming to provide critical resources to address community needs while decreasing long-term negative outcomes that are costly for taxpayers.

In the PFS model, government contracts with service providers and private funders to deliver proven social programs. Government repayment occurs only when a rigorous third-party evaluation determines specific outcomes have been achieved. Because effective programs can help avoid expensive negative outcomes, PFS contracts help avert long-term taxpayer costs. They represent a smarter way for government to do business, furthering transparency and accountability to ensure that taxpayer funds are not spent on ineffective programs.

I encourage you to utilize the tools and resources on this website to learn more about Illinois' PFS initiative. I know that by working together, we can drive the Illinois economy forward by improving innovation across Illinois and making government smarter.


Governor Pat Quinn


On May 5, 2014, Governor Quinn announced Illinois' first Pay for Success contract will increase support for at-risk youth who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Illinois, commonly known as “dually-involved” youth.  More information is available in the press release and on the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.