Leveraging Our Strengths Ottawa

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Nepean Sportsplex, Hall B (1645 Woodroffe Avenue)

Community organizations, funders and other stakeholders are in search of methods that help them achieve measurable results on common priority goals. The Collective Impact approach helps committed partners from different sectors develop a common agenda for solving specific social problems and make large scale social change possible.

To achieve that level of social change, the Collective Impact approach suggests that five conditions of collective success must be met:

1) A common agenda;
2) Shared measurement systems;
3) Mutually reinforcing activities;
4) Continuous communication; and
5) A backbone support organization.

For 2014 Conference, tThe Leveraging Our Strengths partners engaged Mark Friedman, Director of the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico to introduce the participants to the Results Based Accountability framework and how it can help achieve Collective Impact.

Mark FriedmanThe Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework is used by many organizations working towards Collective Impact. Developed by Mark Friedman and detailed in his book Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough, RBA provides a “disciplined way of thinking and taking action that can be used to improve the quality of life in communities,” as well as “the performance of programs, agencies and service systems.” Application of the core components of RBA enables organizations and communities to put each of the “collective impact” conditions into operation, helping these groups to turn ideas into action.

The key objective for this one day gathering were to:

  • Explore the Result Based Accountability (RBA) Framework.
  • Understand how RBA is aligned to the five conditions of Collective Impact.
  • Apply RBA tools to real life examples.
  • Acquire knowledge about accelerating the achievement of results through creating collective impact initiatives, Results-Based Accountability and improved community incentives.
  • Network, discuss and the share information with other participants.

Achieving Collective Impact with Results Based Accountability