- In 2002, the Annie E. Casey Foundation adopted a results-based accountability (RBA) framework to track and report on the results of their philanthropic investments.
- The RBA tool was piloted in a few program areas, including its K-12 education portfolio.
- Grantees were highly engaged in an iterative process to determine appropriate measures, refine the theory of change, and how to track progress.
- Overall, the RBA tool enabled staff to get a sense of how grantees were doing and therefore how the foundation was doing in a way that hadn’t been possible before.
- The K-12 program got a much clearer sense of what it wanted to achieve in its program area and a deeper understanding of how individual grantee work contributed to the foundation’s overall goals.
- Lessons learned about implementing the RBA include the importance of grantee involvement, accepting that not every project will achieve every goal, and the importance of a communications strategy.
Go to Resource
Is your resource available to the public or only your members?:
Leave a Reply