We use an approach called results-based leadership to help professionals in nonprofits and public systems make positive, measurable change for children and families, whether that means increasing the percentage of children ready to learn in kindergarten or decreasing the time young people spend in juvenile detention. Our results-based leadership efforts include:

Research from the University of Maryland shows positive impact from the results-based approach of the Leadership in Action program.

Results-based leadership helped partners in Maryland realize their goal of increasing the percentage of Maryland children ready to learn.

A case study finds the Leadership in Action Program has resulted in demonstrable success in achieving the goals sought by leaders who have used it.

The Foundation’s results-based leadership development programs are centered on development of five core competencies:

  • Be results based and data driven, establishing clear goals and using data to assess progress and change course as needed. 
  • Use the self as an instrument of change to move a result, based on the belief that individual leaders are capable of leading from whatever position they hold.
  • Bring attention to and act on disparities, recognizing that race, class and culture impact outcomes and opportunities for vulnerable children.
  • Master the skills of “adaptive leadership,” which makes leaders aware of the impact of values, habits, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors associated with taking action to improve results.
  • Collaborate with others, understanding that the capacity to build consensus and make group decisions enables leaders to align their actions and move work forward to achieve results. 

From the Blog

Results-Based Leadership Program Reports Improvements in Children’s Health Services

The first cohort of the Children’s Health Leadership Network program has concluded with improvements for children’s health across the 14 states of its participants, from greater access to child health insurance coverage and health and wellness services to expanded health-related treatment and programs.

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Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, has launched a major multiyear initiative to address the root causes of hunger. This groundbreaking work calls for new leadership skills and strategies, which is why Feeding America has turned to the Annie E. Casey Foundation to provide training in results-based leadership.   

Strengthening the Practice of Leadership

video: creating leaders of color

Ellen Schall, former dean of New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, discusses the importance of engaging students of color for leadership roles in the social sector. 


Casey leadership development faculty member Kathy Pogue White explains how leaders can pivot from defensiveness to collaboration when working with others for social change.

video: the accountability pathway

Learn now leaders can hold themselves and others accountable for achieving results that improve the lives of children and families.