Results Based Accountability (RBA)
How much did we do?
How well did we do it?
Is anyone better off?
2017 Performance Expectations
Catalog of DCF Contracted Service RBA Performance Measures
CTKids Report Card
DCF’s Contribution to Connecticut’s RBA Population Results
Glossary of Terms used in CT
RBA in Connecticut
RBA for Non-Profits in Connecticut PowerPoint
RBA Report Cards
Structure of the RBA Framework
Turning the Curve
How Population and Performance Accountibility Fit Together (PPT)
- Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach-Assertive Continuing Care (ACRA-ACC)
- Caregiver Support Team (CST)
- Case Management and Recovery Support Programs
- Child Guidance Clinics for Children
- Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
- Community-Based Life Skills
- Community Housing Assistance Program (CHAP)
- Community, Housing, Educational and Enrichment Resources (CHEER)
- Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families (CAFAF)
- Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP)
- Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Service (EMPS)
- Family and Community Ties Foster Care (FCT)
- Family Based Recovery (FBR)
- Fostering Responsibility, Education and Employment (FREE)
- High Risk Infant Program
- Intermediate Evaluations for Juvenile Justice Involved Children and Youth (IEJJ)
- Intimate Partner Violence: Family Assessment Intervention Response
- Juvenile Review Boards
- Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma or Conduct (MATCH-ADTC)
- Multisystemic Therapy: Building Stronger Families (MST-BSF)
- Multisystemic Therapy: Family Integrated Transition (MST-FIT)
- Multisystemic Therapy: Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB)
- One-On-One Mentoring
- Permanency Placement Service Program (PPSP)
- Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
- Project SAFE
- Sibling Connections Camp
- Supportive Work, Education and Transition Program (SWETP)
- Therapeutic Care-Medically Complex
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Child Abuse Pediatricians (CAP)
- Crisis Stabilization
- Family Based Recovery
- Functional Family Therapy
- High Risk Infant Program
- Intermediate Evaluation Program
- Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)
- Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST)
- Recovery Case Management
- Therapeutic Foster Care
A population results statement
Strategies to accomplish the desired population result
System and program performance measures
A data agenda, and
A research agenda.
Conditions of well-being for the population of children, adults, families or communities in the State of Connecticut. Desired Connecticut population results include healthy children, children ready for school, children succeeding in school, children staying out of trouble, strong families, safe communities
Indicators (also called "benchmarks")
Measures that help quantify the achievement of a result. They answer the question "How would we recognize these results in measurable terms if we fell over them?" For example, the crime rate helps quantify whether we are living in safe communities
Coherent collections of actions that have a reasoned chance of improving results. Strategies are made up of our best thinking about what works, and include the contributions of many partners. No single action by any one agency can create the improved results we want and need
System and Program Performance Measures
Reveal how well public and private programs and agencies are working, individually and as a part of a “system” of services. The most important performance measures tell us whether the clients or customers of the service are better off. We sometimes refer to these measures as client or customer results (to distinguish them from cross-community results for all children and families). The other types of program performance measures are how much we do and how well we do it
Data Development Agenda
A prioritized list of areas in which data development work is required to answer each of the three core RBA questions: How much; How well; and Better Off. Getting good data becomes more difficult as we move to progressively smaller geographic areas.
How much did we do?
How well did we do it?
Is anybody better off?
Strategies developed are chosen because we expect them to help us get to the desired results. System and program measures tell us how well we are doing in response to each of the three questions. The data and research agendas tell us what information we need and what questions still require research and answers in order to improve our performance toward the desired result.
"Turning the Curve" is the language used to describe the strategies and actions that we will take over the next 30 months to improve outcomes for the children and families we serve. Contributing to the well-being of all Connecticut children requires that the Department provides necessary and effective supports for vulnerable youngsters and their families within its statutory mandates, and to partner with families, communities, other state agencies and the private sector in the development and delivery of services and support.
Outcomes must be measured over time and then related to the headline and secondary indicators of Connecticut's Results Based Accountability framework. It is the department’s goal to generate, analyze and share performance data for each RBA population indicator related to the children and families we serve directly. The strategies we will employ derive from, and are directly related to, the agency's six cross-cutting themes.
Connecticut General Assembly, Appropriations Committee, RBA Sub-Committee
The State of Connecticut has been working to bring Results Based Accountability (RBA) to state agencies for nearly a decade. The work began in 2006 with two RBA initiatives, the Connecticut Early Childhood Education Cabinet and a water quality program in the (then) Department of Environmental Protection. From this beginning, the CT General Assembly with support from the Charter Oak Group has been working across state agencies to bring an RBA framework to their budget and policy process.
The Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly established a Results Based Accountability Sub-Committee. This sub-committee has provided a wealth of guidance to agencies and individuals interested in understanding and in practicing RBA. Guidance includes an RBA Glossary, RBA report card templates, report cards that have been submitted by state agencies, and a number of training powerpoints.
The Appropriations Committee RBA website can be found at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/app/rba/
Results Based Accountability is directed at improving the well-being of the state's children and families while at the same time examining the contribution of specific programs to that population outcome. It focuses state agencies, together with the General Assembly, on improving accountability for resource allocation and use, achieving better results for the state's citizenry, targeting spending to programs that work and identifying way to improve results from under-performing systems.
From the outset, General Assembly and Executive Branch leaders have focused on the use of RBA to describe the status of this State’s children ages birth to 18. This fall, the first CT KIDS Report Card was presented. In the spring of 2013, the state’s RBA early childhood effort will focus in on children in the first years of life, a period shown by neuroscience research to be the time of most rapid brain growth over a person’s entire lifetime. In addition, the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund continues to support the development of RBA-based early childhood strategic plans in more than 30 of the state’s most vulnerable communities.
The Connecticut General Assembly’s Select Committee on Children has established an RBA report card relating to Connecticut’s children as required by Public Act 11-109. The report card is designed to track how Connecticut's children are doing and to identify ways to achieve better outcomes. The result defined by CT Kids Report Card is for Connecticut children to grow up stable, safe, healthy, and ready to lead successful lives. Ultimately, the goal is for the CTKids Report Card to become a guide for policy, program, and budget decisions that promote the well-being of all Connecticut children. The CT Kids Report Card website functions as a centralized source of data that can be used by the public, policymakers, service providers and other partners to increase results accountability and public transparency.
In 2010, Connecticut's total population was estimated to be 3,574,097. Children and youth to age 18 constitute 22.4% of the total population, or about 800,600. In comparison, on any day, the Department carries 25,000 to 30,000 youngsters on its direct caseload. This includes children and youth referred for abuse or neglect, committed to the department under child welfare or delinquency statutes, or receiving mental health services provided by agency institutions. Importantly, while although only 4% of all Connecticut children are on the department's caseload on any given day, 100% of all children living in families where either abuse or neglect is substantiated are on the DCF caseload at any point in time.
The CTKids Report Card can be found on line at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/kid/rba/default.asp
To support achievement of the state’s goals for children, the Department has developed a set of performance measures aligned with the CT Kids Report Card RBA population indicators. Both the CT Kids population indicators and the DCF system and performance measures are shown below.
CT Kids RBA Report Card Results Statement Connecticut children grow up stable, safe, healthy, and ready to lead successful lives
DCF contribution the CT Results Statement
All children served by DCF grow up healthy, safe, smart and strong
CT Kids RBA Population Indicators
DCF Strategic Plan Outcome Measures
SMART (Future Success)
 Mark Friedman
 Building the CTKids Report Card. A presentation to the Connecticut Commission on Children, September 21, 2012
 The Graustein Memorial Fund’s Discovery Initiative
 Public Act 11-109: An Act Requiring an Annual Results-Based Accountability Report Card Evaluating State Policies and Programs Impacting Children.