As a convener of organizations and individuals motivated to eliminate poverty, Step Up has long focused on capacity-building in our community. In 2012, it turned to a more structured approach to this work, the “Results Based Accountability” or RBA method.
Developed by Mark Friedman, the RBA approach is described in his book, “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough.” This framework uses data to support and evaluate outcome-based services by posing a simple question—“Is anyone better off?”—as a result of the organization’s actions.
Step Up’s overall objective in its “Results Based Capacity Building Project” is to reduce poverty by reinforcing the effectiveness of local organizations and agencies using a participative and data-based approach. The intent is to strengthen their collaborative effort as well as to improve individual organizational performance.
Supported by a three-year grant from the Kresge Foundation, the project works to:
- boost collaboration across organizations that are working to achieve similar goals, especially those organizations in the Centers for Working Families (CWF) network;
- improve individual organizational performance through planning, examining organizational systems, and capacity building.
Step Up also supports neighborhood leadership development through The Neighborhood Leadership Academy at Savannah State University.