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Meet the Recipients of the 40 for 40 Fellowship

In recent years, APPAM has consistently developed more resources and opportunities for our student and early career professional members. To build on that momentum as we celebrate our 40th Annual Fall Research Conference, APPAM introduced the 40 for 40 Fellowship. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 40 for 40 Fellowship!

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The Performance of Performance-based Contracting in Human Services: A Quasi-experiment

August 5, 2014 10:00 AM

Performance-based contracting (PBC) is an increasingly attractive practice to public human service agencies. By attaching contract compensation to a contractor's performance achievement, PBC encourages quality services, better outcomes, and less monitoring. However, current empirical evidence on PBC's effectiveness is limited and mixed. In The Performance of Performance-based Contracting in Human Services: A Quasi-experiment, author Jiahuan Lu from the University of Maryland, uses a case study of the Indiana vocational rehabilitation program to evaluate the effectiveness of PBC on individual employment outcomes. Lu employs a quasi-experimental design over a five year period and uses a Michigan program as a control.

After using propensity score matching and difference-in-differences regressions to control for the imbalances between the two states, Lu found that PBC is significantly effective in promoting better employment results and shorter time-to-employment. The author suggests introducing relational contracting as a supplement when using PBC in the purchase of human services.

Download the full paper from APPAM's Online Paper Collection.

 

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