In 2005, the Harvard Family Research Project’s Evaluation Exchange (Volume XI, No. 2, Summer, 2005) provided an overview of eight outcome models. Of these outcome models, only four (Logic Model, Outcome Funding Framework, RBA and Targeting Outcomes of Programs) were appropriate for program planning and management. RBA was the only model found to be well-suited for the variety of uses that are necessary for a comprehensive approach to: program/agency improvement plans and budgets; grant-making; project planning and start-up; development of community report cards and evaluation design. This report found that RBA has the following strengths:

  • It is a thorough system for planning community-change efforts and improvement in program, agency or system performance;
  • It uses lay language and provides direct link to budgeting;
  • It is useful for integrating different outcome systems.

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