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Our Mission: To ensure that all Branford Children, birth through age eight years, are happy, healthy, safe, and successful, with a love of learning in school and in life. YouTube CLICK HERE TO VISIT
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Results Based Accountability

Results-Based Accountability (RBA) was developed by Mark Friedman of the Fiscal Policies Studies Institute. RBA enables policymakers, funders, and program administrators to identify how well they are doing in achieving a particular quality of life result and where they might need to make changes. "If you keep doing what you are doing, you will keep getting what you are getting."

If the projected performance is not acceptable, the RBA methodology helps stakeholders identify what changes will be needed to "turn the curve," that is, move the trend line in a positive direction.

Glossary of Terms

Results Based Accountability
What do we want? How will we recognize it? What will it take to get there? Results Based Accountability or, as it is more commonly known, "RBA", implies that expected results (also known as goals) are clearly stated, and that data are collected and reported to determine is the desired results have been achieved.

RBA can be developed and used at different levels: state, community, agency, or program. "RBA", has its own simple vocabulary. The following is a glossary of those terms and their definitions. This will be the "language" that we will be using throughout the community plan.

Result
A whole population condition of well-being for children, adults, families and communities. Results are conditions that voters and taxpayers can understand. They are about the wellbeing of people in a community, city, county, state or nation.

Our result is: "All Branford Children, Birth through 8 years old, are Happy, Healthy, Safe and Successful. With a Love of Learning in School and in Life."

Indicator
Answers the question: "How would we recognize this result if we fell over it?" For example the percentage of low birth weight babies helps quantify healthy births.

Third grade reading scores helps quantify whether children are succeeding in school. The crime rate helps quantify whether we are living in a safe community.

Strategy
A collection of actions that has a reasoned chance of improving results. Strategies are made up of our best thinking about what works, and includes the contributions of many partners.

Performance Measures
A measure of how well a program, agency or service is working. The most important performance measures tell us whether program customers are any better off.

The intent of RBA is to help communities bring public and private sectors together to turn around conditions that are "not okay." RBA is being used in over 40 states and at least 8 countries.

For more information, see Mark Friedman's book Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough or visit the websites at www.raguide.org and www.resultsaccountability.com.

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