Assessments and Reports

Montgomery County has multiple coalitions, networks, and initiatives with a mission to improve various aspects of child well-being. The Collaboration Council’s goal, as Montgomery County’s Local Management Board (LMB), is to collaborate with community leaders and county residents to discover a common understanding of community needs and develop a joint approach to solving it.

The Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework has long been a component in the Collaboration Council’s planning, decision-making, and managing for success. RBA builds collective knowledge, uses data, and creates a network of community support. RBA looks at the vision Montgomery County has for its children and youth and interprets where needs exist between the current reality and that vision.

Since the first published well-being profile for the county in 2007, the Collaboration Council has been tracking key indicators of child well-being around Maryland’s eight Child Well-Being Result areas. We track the results and indicators to gather a clear, practical, and measurable way of articulating the common agenda for collective impact.

Click on each of the priority results for Montgomery County to see how we measure these conditions of child well-being:

An additional component of the RBA framework is the Turn the Curve Model, a systematic process to identify actionable steps to achieve positive outcomes. The model principles are:

  1. Describe the trend and story behind the numbers
  2. Recognize partners
  3. Identify options for what works to “turn the curve”
  4. Propose strategies that have leverage and are feasible and consistent with our values and mission

The Collaboration Council monitors the availability and quality of programs and evaluates the collective impact of the system of services and supports with a set of performance measures such as:

  • Tracking attendance in after school programs
  • Evaluating reading progress for elementary school students
  • Monitoring services for children with intensive needs, from temporary care coordination to high-fidelity wraparound services