Leadership Development Video: The Results Count Path to Equity

Posted June 26, 2019, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Bill Shepardson, Senior Fellow, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Casey Foundation's Bill Shepardson walks leaders through Results Count

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has released a one-hour video on four skills that help lead­ers achieve bet­ter and more equi­table results. The skills are part of Results Count™, the Foundation’s com­pe­ten­cy-based approach to lead­er­ship devel­op­ment, which social-sec­tor pro­fes­sion­als can devel­op and prac­tice over time to become more pow­er­ful and effec­tive in their work.

For the first time, the Foun­da­tion is releas­ing this mate­r­i­al broad­ly through a record­ed pre­sen­ta­tion by a Results Count fac­ul­ty mem­ber, along with an intro­duc­tion that digs deep­er into the mate­r­i­al. While con­densed from the Foundation’s typ­i­cal mul­ti­ses­sion, in-per­son sem­i­nars, the con­tent offers an overview of Casey’s brand of results-based leadership.

For 25 years, Casey has used Results Count to help lead­ers in the social and pub­lic sec­tors accel­er­ate mea­sur­able and equi­table improve­ments in out­comes for chil­dren and fam­i­lies in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. This release builds on a series of 10 short videos on Results Count basics and a larg­er strat­e­gy to increase the reach of Results Count through hub organizations.

Tips on view­ing The Results Count Path to Equity”

Lead­er­ship skills can be learned by indi­vid­u­als at any lev­el, regard­less of one’s job title or descrip­tion. You don’t have to be some­one that has a huge posi­tion of for­mal author­i­ty to learn and apply the skill set,” says Bill Shep­ard­son, a senior fel­low at the Foun­da­tion who nar­rates the video.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, I invite view­ers to think about how the Results Count skills might strength­en their own abil­i­ty to make a pow­er­ful con­tri­bu­tion to equi­table results and to get oth­ers work­ing in align­ment with them,” Shep­ard­son says.

Empha­sis on equi­table results

Results Count’s com­mit­ment to achiev­ing equi­table out­comes stems from the mis­sion of the Foun­da­tion, which is to ensure a bright future for all chil­dren in the Unit­ed States, espe­cial­ly those who are the most bur­dened by the way sys­tems and struc­tures per­pet­u­ate unequal access to oppor­tu­ni­ty and pro­duce uneven results.

Results Count pur­sues an equi­ty agen­da, not just look­ing for bet­ter results across the board or in the aggre­gate but ensur­ing that chil­dren and fam­i­lies in every demo­graph­ic group have access to bet­ter oppor­tu­ni­ties and, ulti­mate­ly, expe­ri­ence bet­ter results. To cen­ter the work around equi­ty, lead­ers need to go beyond sur­face solu­tions and real­ly pay atten­tion to the sys­temic fac­tors that are pro­duc­ing inequitable results for cer­tain groups,” Shep­ard­son says. It has been a his­toric prob­lem in the Unit­ed States and a prob­lem we’re only going to be able to solve if we’re will­ing to think at the sys­tems and struc­ture lev­els while we’re doing this work and not just at the indi­vid­ual level.”

Four core Results Count skills

The video describes four relat­ed skills that lead­ers can prac­tice and apply to make mea­sur­able dif­fer­ences in the well-being of pop­u­la­tions they care about the most. It guides view­ers to con­sid­er ques­tions such as:

  • How can you ensure your con­tri­bu­tion is con­nect­ed to a larg­er strat­e­gy that will pro­duce equi­table results for a whole population?
  • How much more pow­er­ful could your con­tri­bu­tion be if it were ground­ed in a data-dri­ven and equi­ty-informed analysis?
  • How could using a set of per­for­mance mea­sures help you learn about and be more account­able for con­tribut­ing to equi­table results?

Shep­ard­son breaks down each skill and defines the terms he uses to famil­iar­ize view­ers with the tech­ni­cal lan­guage of Results Count. The skills are:

  • Skill 1: Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing and under­stand­ing the con­nec­tion between whole pop­u­la­tion and pro­gram pop­u­la­tion and being aware of who is most dis­ad­van­taged in terms of equi­table oppor­tu­ni­ties to achieve the intend­ed results.
  • Skill 2: Using trend lines to deep­en tar­get­ed and uni­ver­sal fac­tor analysis.
  • Skill 3: Using fac­tor analy­sis to inform the devel­op­ment of tar­get­ed and uni­ver­sal strategies.
  • Skill 4: Using per­for­mance mea­sures to track progress and make a mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to equi­table results.

Shep­ard­son rec­og­nizes the pas­sion that most lead­ers bring to their work and says in the video, You wouldn’t be lis­ten­ing to this record­ing if you didn’t care about equi­ty, if you didn’t care about bet­ter results and if you didn’t care about social jus­tice. But there’s some­thing immense­ly pow­er­ful about mar­ry­ing that pas­sion with some dis­ci­pline — the dis­ci­pline of this Results Count sequence.”

The Foun­da­tion acknowl­edges the work of results-dri­ven lead­ers such as Jolie Bain Pills­bury and Mark Fried­man, among oth­ers, for con­tribut­ing to the evo­lu­tion of the Results Count method­ol­o­gy and what it takes to achieve equi­table results for chil­dren, youth and families.

Learn more about the Foundation’s Results Count approach

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