This brief article examines five important concepts related to accountability and ties the use of accountability mechanisms to the ability to effectively create a strategic and management plan.
Evaluation and Accountability
This toolkit provides an overview of partnerships and resources to support partnership evaluation. It was developed to help community agencies better understand the functioning of partnerships so they can more effectively develop and nurture those that have a measurable impact in local communities. The toolkit provides example surveys and other measurement tools to assess both the functioning of the partnerships and the results achieved.
The CLASP DataFinder is a tool developed to provide select demographic information as well as administrative data on programs that affect low-income people and families. Users can create custom tables that present and compare data at the national, state, and community level. The DataFinder currently includes state and national data on: child care assistance spending and participation, Head Start and Early Head Start participation, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) expenditures, young child demographics, and poverty.
KIDS COUNT Data Center is an interactive database of child and family well-being indicators in the United States. It was designed to provide high-quality data and trend analysis in order to enrich local, state, and national discussions about children’s issues in a non-partisan manner. Through the KIDS COUNT Data Center, users can access hundreds of indicators, download data, and create reports and graphics.
Strengths Finder is a book and self-assessment tool that helps individuals discover, understand, and apply their strengths. It provides users with a strengths profile, and guidance for applying these strengths and working with others. Results-Based Leadership is a related book for individuals in a leadership role. It describes three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others' strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.
This toolkit provides resources for developing an individualized outcome evaluation plan. It is intended to serve as an entry-level guide for programs to help build evaluation capacity. The toolkit is divided into four sections: building your evaluation plan, logic model builder, outcomes and indicators, and annotated measurement tools.
This toolkit provides guidance related to strategic planning and outcome measurement. It was designed to support Community Action Agencies with building their capacity to develop and manage their strategic plans. The toolkit is based on a five component framework: assessment, planning, implementation, achievement of results, and evaluation.
This set of guides addresses key issues and processes involved in framing an effective system of care infrastructure. Each toolkit discusses related activities, tasks, sustainability, and key partners. They provide examples from the field and perspectives from those who have developed promising practices.
This guide introduces the concept of results-based accountability and provides an in-depth description of how to implement this approach. Results-based accountability is an approach to decisionmaking, evaluating, and budgeting that is guided by desired end results. It focuses on measurable outcomes and data driven decisions. This guide is intended for those working to implement results-based accountability or outcomes-based accountability in their community, city, county, council, State or nation.
This report presents the findings of a cross-sector analysis of the effectiveness of performance-based accountability systems for improving public services. It is directed toward decisionmakers charged with designing performance-based accountability systems. The purpose of the study was to examine the empirical evidence about the use of performance-based accountability systems in public services and to analyze the factors associated with effective performance-based accountability systems design, implementation, and outcomes.