Portland Children’s Levy uses a framework of goals, program strategies and performance measures 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, and were informed by Community Engagement Report recommendations.
Each year PCL assesses performance of its grant investments by analyzing data collected annually from grantees on 6 metrics:
- Demographics of Program Participants: Serving populations and geographies that are historically underserved to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in children’s well-being and school success;
- Demographics of Organization Staff and Board: Staffing and leading the organization with people who reflect the community served advances equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Service Goals: Meeting goals in providing a specified level of service to the community;
- Program Participation: Maximizing participation in program activities;
- Outcomes: Meeting all or the majority of outcome goals;
- Staff Turnover: Keeping staff turnover as low as possible
PCL uses these measures 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 vary 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.