Portland Children’s Levy uses an accountability framework to gauge the overall performance of the Levy and its grant investments. Agreements between PCL and each grantee describe the program to be implemented and the outcome(s) the program expects to achieve with the population it serves. The program service models and their related outcomes align with the strategies and goals of PCL’s program areas.
Each year PCL assesses performance of its grant investments by analyzing data collected annually from grantees on 5 metrics:
- Service Goals: Meeting goals in providing a specified level of service to the community;
- Demographics: Serving populations and geographies that are historically underserved and face significant systemic barriers, placing them at highest risk for poor outcomes;
- Program Participation: Maximizing participation in, and minimizing early exits from program activities;
- Outcomes: Meeting all or the majority of outcome goals;
- Staff Turnover: Keeping staff turnover as low as possible.
PCL uses these metrics to monitor progress by individual grantees, and to aggregate data on performance by program area, and across all PCL funded grants. PCL also compares data between program areas to better understand how performance trends and results are distributed across types of investments.
Each year PCL staff report data on performance to the PCL Allocation Committee and the community. Reports are typically completed in the January following the close of the fiscal year.