LCSA and RBA
LCSA's involvement with Results Based Accountability™ began in 2006 when senior Department of Community Services executives advised Brian Smith the department would be using RBA in all its work.
Sandra Handley was our first RBA Pilot Project Officer, initially working with 13 pilot centres. This early work had its fair share of frustrations and mistakes but it created a strong foundation of learning which still underpins our understanding and practice of RBA. It's highlight was the Autumn 2008 edition of LOCAL, the transcript of an intense three hour dialogue with Mark Friedman (pictured). It also left us with a healthy scepticism of the bureaucratic use of results logic models. We are not alone in this as is demonstrated by the our first Occasional Paper, What's Wrong with Logic Models by Philip L Lee
Gabriela Hidalgo built on this foundation as we focused primarily on Program Accountability for the vast range of programs that neighbourhood centres undertake across the state. Working closely with a further group of pilot centres and in collaboration with Communities and Early Years we were able to apply the key RBA Program Accountability framework, "How much did we do?" "How well did we do it?" "Is anyone better off?" to our sector. This work informs the transition of neighbourhood centres to the new Community Builders program and the data collection tools being developed by LCSA's Transition Resource Project team.