ERIC Number: ED434737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Aiming for Accountability: Vermont. Reaching Results.
Interest is growing in planning and implementing new systems of holding child and family services accountable for results. The Results-Based Accountability (RBA) Project at the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) has supported and built upon recent state efforts to develop these new accountability systems for child and family services. The RBA reports, including this case study, are intended to help share insights and experiences in designing and implementing RBA systems. This report on RBA in Vermont begins with a brief overview, which summarizes the key points in the case study. A section of sociodemographic information and information about the state's governance structure directs the reader to unique qualities of the state that have helped to influence its RBA work. A timeline of the most critical events in the design and implementation of RBA efforts is included, along with a list of the key terms and concepts used in the state. Each separate RBA effort is described in detail, including its history and impetus, those who initially sponsored the effort, and the legal mechanism behind the effort. In addition, the early champions and actors involved in each effort and the funding sources and resources that support the effort are noted, and the governance and coordination between this effort and any others that may exist are described. The design and implementation of each effort are also described in detail. This includes information about the planning of the effort; the selection of goals, indicators, and targets; the collection of data; and the ways in which stakeholders were involved. The report describes the state infrastructure that supports the effort, such as staff, computer resources, and training. Where applicable, the report describes the way in which program evaluation links to the RBA effort. Each section also includes information about how each effort is being used; the uses include planning, citizen engagement, programming, budgeting and contracting, and communication. A list of key contacts is provided, and a final section describes in detail the objectives, scope, and methodology of the study. The report includes a table summarizing points of distinction among RBA efforts in the eight states studied. (EV)
Descriptors: Accountability, Case Studies, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, State Action, State Programs, Welfare Services
Harvard Family Research Project, 38 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 ($5; 8 reports in this series plus "Lessons Learned from Eight States", $40). Tel: 617-495-9108; Fax: 617-495-8594; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont