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Date(s) - November 15, 2021
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Outcome Based Accountability™ (OBA), is a well-established and proven methodology for focusing actions and interventions on outcomes for children, families, and communities.  It is underpinned by the following values:

  • Simplicity: providing a transparent thinking process, separating means from ends using principles which are accessible and easy to understand
  • Common Sense: Starting from the desired outcomes (the Ends) and finishing with plausible actions or interventions (the Means)
  • Plain Language: Minimising jargon and establishing a handful of agreed terms to facilitate effective communication between commissioners, service providers, partners, and stakeholders
  • Minimum Paper: Providing the template for brief and concise planning and reporting documents
  • Useful: Embedding a set of principles and processes that are practical and accessible and enable practitioners to work more effectively

This one day workshop outlines the basic principles that underpin the OBA process and features a mixture of taught content and practical group work exercises.  The content includes:

  • The difference between Population and Performance Accountability
  • Establishing a Common Language
  • Defining Outcomes, Indicators and Performance Measures
  • Choosing Indicators
  • The Turning the Curve thinking process and practical group work
  • Introduction to Performance Accountability
  • The process for determining Performance Measures (practical group work)
  • Commissioning and pulling it all together.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the importance of the distinction between whole population and performance accountability and have the ability to explain the difference
  • Understand the importance of adopting a common language as a principal element in understanding and utilising OBA
  • Be able to use the “Turning the Curve” process to design strategy and interpret report cards at both the whole population and performance accountability levels
  • Understand how to select and use data as the basis for measuring and improving performance
  • Be able to use the Five Step method to select performance measures for services, projects and interventions
  • Through understanding of the above, have greater confidence in producing and/or interpreting report cards, improved ability to design and deliver outcome focussed interventions and ability to contribute more fully in the partnership process.

The event will be facilitated by David Burnby – you can read about his work here: https://davidburnby.co.uk/

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