What does it take to move from competing to collaborating? How can communities, Government, and non-Government organizations most effectively work together to achieve true collective impact?
This session will give participants an in-depth look at the leadership, tools and partners needed for successful collaborations to achieve results for whole communities.
Using tools from Results Based Accountability, including seven simple and powerful questions to move from talk to action, participants will be able to understand what it takes to identify desired results, indicators and strategies to make positive changes in their communities. The session will also include an overview of the conditions of collective impact and their alignment with RBA’s population and performance accountability framework.
Presenters will share experience from the United States, New Zealand and Australia, providing case studies and practical advice in using community data to improve school readiness, health, safety, employment and other indicators.
The presenters will provide a range of perspectives on how to effectively engage and work with stakeholders to achieve results using Results Based Accountability, including working with grass-roots community activists, philanthropic bodies, community organizations and local, State and National Governments.
Using a case study of work in New Zealand, participants will hear how communities in the Far North of the North Island, with local Iwi (tribes), have joined forces to use RBA and the principles of Collective Impact to come together and transform the future outlook of the community. Over 1600 community members have rallied together to agree a community outcomes framework with a clear set of indicators and an action plan. The community is calling on multiple partners to join them to improve social, cultural, economic, environmental, and health outcomes. Whilst this collaboration is only in its infancy, the desire to make sustainable and positive changes in this community continues to drive each partner. The presentation will include a brief review of results-based contracting, which aims to reduce inconsistency in, and duplication of, contract management practices across government agencies as well as reduce compliance costs for NGOs.
Secondly, participants will hear a first-hand account of the story of Baltimore’s Leadership in Action Program, a school readiness initiative that brought together stakeholders to use RBA to understand, plan for, and improve early childhood results for children 0-5. Working together, this group of individuals learned and practiced collaborative leadership, aligning their actions and contributing to a city-wide effort which saw an increase in kindergarten readiness from 27% to 58% over four years using the Results Based Accountability framework. The presenter, the former Director of Baltimore’s School Readiness Initiative, will show how early childhood leaders focused on a improving a single community indicator for school readiness. By focusing on this sole indicator, they developed a Five Year Action plan that included the story behind the data, gaps in services, and strategy recommendations to turn the curve. Partners developed relationships that enabled them to move from competing against one another for scarce resources to responding collectively to funding applications that supported the most effective school readiness strategies. After breaking down the RBA process that set the foundation for improved results, the presenter will show how the initiative met Kania and Kramer’s conditions of collective impact by having:
Thirdly, participants will compare a case study of RBA and collective impact in Australia, using case studies from Adelaide, Australia, hearing the journey of local community centres and partners who have worked together to use Results Based Accountability to improve outcomes for people and communities Starting with only eight community organizations in 2011, Community Centres South Australia (the membership association for 140 local community centres) has supported hundreds of people and organizations to use Results Based Accountability to plan, monitor and improve outcomes for people in a diverse range of community programs including sport and recreation, health and nutrition, parenting and employment skills.
In recognition of the success of this program Community Centres South Australia was contracted by the South Australian Government to scale-up this approach and help develop new funding Guidelines for all community organisations in South Australia. Using Results Based Accountability thinking, these new Guidelines are based on 10 standard program outcomes and related performance measures across approximately 60 funded organisations supporting disadvantaged individuals and families.
Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of how to use data to achieve consensus and drive effective decision making, along with an understanding about what it takes to move from talk to collective action to achieve real, lasting and positive change for communities.
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