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Introducing APPAM's Incoming 2018 Policy Council Members

APPAM welcomes our new Executive Committee and Policy Council members! The Policy Council is APPAM's governing board and is responsible for setting policy and creating strategy for the Association. It currently consists of four elected cohorts serving staggered, four-year terms of office.

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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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