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.
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:
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: