Results-Based Accountability

Chris Burke
Chris Burke
Director of Community Relations
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How would you define this big idea?

Results Based Accountability (RBA) is a practice that established performance measures to achieve a mutually agreed upon result that seeks to improve communities. This is a collaborative practice that can engage a wide array of community stakeholders or a smaller targeted group to work towards an identified goal. It’s a practical approach that’s easy to incorporate a diverse range of participants.

How is this big idea included in your work?

I don’t really do field work, but I’ve used this strategy engaging a wide range of community stakeholders. The big question is how can anchor institutions improve the communities surrounding its campus and contribute to being more inclusive of the businesses and stakeholders in its city.

Using an RBA approach, the lead convener (me, SLS, WCA, etc.) would identify stakeholders in a particular community (preferably one where a relationship is already established) and begin with stakeholders envisioning the future of their community. Starting with the end in mind, the convener identifies performance measures that can lead to measurable success for the identified goals.

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