We use an approach called Results Count™ to help professionals in nonprofits, philanthropy 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 increasing the rate of children in foster care placed with kin over other settings. 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.

Results-driven leaders are vital to achieving measurable and lasting improvements for kids and families. The Casey Foundation has honed an approach to leadership development – called Results Count™ – which is based on a set of five core competencies, two foundational frameworks and two foundational skills that equip leaders to make changes intended to produce results, known collectively as the 5-2-2 approach.

Learn more about the 5-2-2 of Results Count™

Hub organizations have the potential to become distribution centers for the Results Count leadership approach. The Foundation’s Results Count hub strategy is intended to seed the human services field with hub organizations that:

  • share the belief that improved and equitable population-level outcomes can be achieved;
  • are convinced that a results orientation must be embedded into their work to achieve measurable improvements; and
  • are able to use this approach internally in their organizations, as well as share it out through their networks or spheres of influence to build the capacity of others to work in a similar way.

The following organizations are on the path to becoming Results Count hubs:

In addition to these organizations, the Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative® will serve as an internal hub, working with its network of sites to expand use of Results Count.

Casey offers a series of video tools to learn more about Results Count™.

  • Creating the Container shows how the Foundation’s Results Count faculty create an environment so that meeting participants can effectively focus on achieving measurable results.
  • Getting large-scale results requires being in sync with other people. When everyone is in a mode of High Action, High Alignment, individual contributions add up to much more than the sum of their parts.
  • Ten Conversations Leaders Use to Move Results Forward describes conversations that results-based leaders can use to get or stay on track.

See the full playlist of Results Count™ videos

From the Blog

Illustration of people working together to improve a trend line.

Journal Highlights Casey’s Work Helping Human-Services Professionals of Color Achieve Better Results

A special issue of Race and Justicean academic journal focused on the role of race in the justice system — explores the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s efforts to help human service professionals of color achieve better results for families and communities.

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In California’s Santa Cruz County, juvenile justice leaders found that young people on probation were not earning high school credits or graduating at the same rates as their general population peers. To learn more about the issue and how to address it, probation officials turned to the Plan-Do-Study-Act method — a keystone of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Results Count™ leadership development approach.

Supporting a national network of 70 community-based partnerships, StriveTogether has been a pioneer in coaching teams of leaders across communities to close gaps and improve well-being using the Casey Foundation’s unique leadership development methodology, Results Count.

Strengthening the Practice of Leadership

The Consultative Stance

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

Jeff Edmonson

Work Together to Get Results

Before joining the Ballmer Group as managing director, Jeff Edmondson built a network of StriveTogether communities — 73 strong — committed to using collective impact to support the academic success of every child. He shares lessons from this results-focused work in an interview with the Casey Foundation.

The Accountability Pathway

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