As stewards of the Children and Youth Fund, DCYF seeks the most effective and equitable methods of determining the services that will best improve outcomes for children, youth, disconnected transitional age youth (TAY) and families, as well as how to best measure the impact of our investments.
In the fall of 2016, DCYF began using the Results‐Based Accountability (RBA) framework with the goal of implementing a clear and measurable tool to help ensure that the Children and Youth Fund investments will support positive results. The implementation of the RBA framework followed the completion of our Community Needs Assessment (CNA). Based on the wealth of data and community input gathered through the CNA, DCYF identified four results that reflected the aspirations shared by children, youth, TAY and families in the CNA. Please see DCYF’s Services Allocation Plan (SAP) for more information on the development of results.
With these vital results in mind, DCYF utilized the RBA framework to select 17 key population‐level indicators that we believe are strong markers of progress. These population‐level indicators will become a fundamental component of DCYF’s future evaluation efforts, offering a high level view of how the city is faring in each result area over time.
DCYF will continue to measure these indicators in order to hold ourselves and our City partners accountable for making positive progress. DCYF developed a scorecard to accompany each indicator that identifies the data trend line and racial/ethnic disparities, offers a brief history of relevant policy and practice shifts at the state and city level, and provides evidence-based resources aimed at improving outcomes associated with each indicator.
DCYF Indicator Scorecards