· 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.
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Read, T., & Manno, B. (2011). Getting to Results: A Tool and Lessons from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s K-12 Education Portfolio. The Foundation Review, 3(3). https://doi.org/10.4087/FOUNDATIONREVIEW-D-11-00005