On December 11th 2014, 30 people participated in a Results-Based Accountability (RBA) training held at the Landmark Conference Center in Beijing, China. The training was delivered by Brian Smith, Executive Officer of the Local Community Services Association (LCSA) in New South Wales, Australia, and hosted by Beijing’s Vantone Foundation. The participants were members of Vantone Foundation grantee and partner organizations.
Established in 2008, the Beijing Vantone Foundation is a non-public foundation registered with the Beijing Municipal Civil Administration. It is devoted to communication, research, and financial assistance in fields such as environmental protection, energy saving, education, and poverty alleviation. The Foundation’s purpose is to push forward environmental protection and energy conservation, and to promote harmony between man and nature. Its main business endeavor is to promote the construction of ecological communities.
The Vantone Foundation requested the RBA training after the Foundation’s General Secretary Chen Jian
was introduced to RBA at an LCSA event in September 2013. Ms. Chen wanted to find a framework that would unify data collection, measurement, and evaluation across all of Vantone’s grantee organizations. The purpose of the training was to introduce the grantee organizations to Results-Based Accountability in a way that was relevant to the environmental work they are doing. This training was funded by the Vantone Foundation as part of its annual conference.
During the two hour session, Vantone and its grantees were presented with a shortened version of the basic RBA training developed by RBA creator Mark Friedman. Material introduced included translations of the 7 Population and Performance Accountability questions and translations of a customized version of training templates developed at LCSA to help organizations identify program performance measures. Selected RBA materials were translated into Mandarin over several months preceding the session.
Mr. Smith used RBA to identify population quality of life results consistent with the Vantone Foundation mission statement, such as “Healthy Communities.” The group then worked to identify indicators of these conditions including such measures as “good air quality index,” “high participation in community activities,” and “green space percentage.”
Mr. Smith shared that participants warmed to both content and relevance of the presentation and that there was a lot of enthusiasm by the end of the session. Participants appreciated the value of the three RBA performance measurement categories “How much did we do?,” “How well did we do it?,” and “Is anyone better off?,” and expressed an interest in using such measures to establish and demonstrate good performance. According to Mr. Smith, “The Vantone Foundation is now moving to adopt the Results Based Accountability Framework across their programs and will definitely pilot RBA with some of their grantees starting in 2015.”
The training capped almost 3 years of relationship-building between LCSA and a range of organizations in China. LCSA has developed a strong partnership with the Vantone Foundation and is also expanding its connections with significant Chinese non government organizations. “Results Based Accountability is seen as a relevant capacity building approach for Chinese NGOs,” concluded Mr. Smith.
To learn more about the Vantone Foundation, visit their website at: http://www.vantone.net/en/contents/371/1427.html
To learn more about the work of LCSA, visit: http://www.lcsansw.org.au/
To learn more about the Results-Based Accountability framework, please visit: the Results Leadership Group websiteand www.ra-guide.org.
For more information, contact:
Executive Officer, Local Community Services Association
Save the Date: RBA- Australia Summit (29 Sept – 1 Oct, 2015)
Results Leadership Group Australia will host an international RBA conference from 30 Sept – 1 Oct 2015 with a set of pre-conference workshops to be held on 29 Sept.
The event will include pre-conference workshops by:
- Mark Friedman: Results-Based Accountability 101
- Phil Lee: Negotiating and Collaborating for Results
- Deitre Epps: Facilitation Skills for Results-Based Leaders
The conference will also include dynamic keynote speakers and break-out sessions led by leading Australian and international RBA practitioners.
The venue will be located at the Doltone House, with beautiful views of the Syndey Harbour bridge and a short walk from the Central Business District. Information on discounted hotel options, registration and sponsorships can soon be found at www.rba-au.com. The summit website is currently under construction, so please check back regularly for updates.
The Conference Planning Committee currently includes representatives from ARACY, Centre for Social Impact, NSW Family Services, Community Centers SA, Anglicare WA, and Shea Pita and Associates (New Zealand).
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Join Child & Family Service and Results Leadership Group for the RBA Hawaii Roadshow.
The Results Leadership Group and Child & Family Service (CFS) Institute for Training and Evaluation will be presenting in Hawaii this February for the RBA Hawaii Roadshow. The goal of these events is to provide nonprofit and government leaders with information on using the Results-Based Accountability™ framework to improve program performance and create measureable community results, and share CFS’ experience in implementing RBA in Hawaii.
Presentations will include an overview of the Results-Based Accountability(TM) framework by Adam Luecking, author of The Holy Grail of Public Leadership, and a demonstration of the Results Scorecard software tool designed specifically to support it. (See below for more information.)
Dates and Times
Time: 9:30 to 11:00am
Location: Child & Family Service
91-1841 Fort Weaver Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii Road 96706
Time: 2:00 to 3:30pm
Location: Aloha United Way
200 North Vineyard
5th Floor Conference room
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
This event is full – Add to the waitlist
In today’s economic climate, grant-makers and funders are requiring greater return on their investments and data to show that their money is making a difference. To provide this, non-profit and government organizations must make smart, efficient decisions on the allocation of their precious dollars. A critical element in creating measurable community impact is the systemic change that needs to occur locally, regionally and in communities across America that can only be fostered through multi-sector collaboration and the use of data. Agencies must also have access to powerful, easy-to-use tools that support program performance improvement.
Presentations at this event will include an overview of the Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) methodology provided by Adam Luecking, author of The Holy Grail of Public Leadership. RBA is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of children, families, adults and the community as a whole. RBA is also used by organizations to improve the performance of their programs and align them with the desired community results. Developed by Results Leadership Group partner & founder of the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute, Mark Friedman, RBA is being used throughout the World to create measurable improvement in people’s lives, communities and organizations.
Child & Family Service (CFS) began using the RBA framework in 2012 to help programs identify and measure how their services make a difference for the families served, and will share their experiences at this event. Other notable proponents of the framework include the Promise Neighborhoods Institute, Campaign for Grade Level Reading, the US Department of Education, numerous state and local health departments throughout the US and Canada, and many other government and nonprofit organizations around the world.
This event will also feature a demonstration of the Results Scorecard, a web-based software tool designed to support the concepts of Results-Based Accountability™. The tool allows for the strategic alignment of resources and connects stakeholders in a single interactive network. Other key features include:
- Provides a broad perspective on measurable progress toward desired ends and, at the same time, the ability to “zoom” down to precise performance details,
- Captures the key data necessary for strategic decision making at each level of detail without drowning decision makers in data,
- Facilitates the collaborative and transparent use of timely data and rigorous analysis to develop aligned strategies and actions,
- Aligns individual programs within comprehensive strategies to achieve desired qualities of life in neighborhoods, cities, states, and nations, and
- Integrates with case management databases and other data collection software.