Goals are ambitious visions of our future. Goals established by the Oregon Commission on Children and Families are:
These four goals are interrelated. As shown in the model below, caring communities provide the foundation for strong families, thriving children, and positive youth.
Oregon benchmarks are state and local population level indicators of where we are relative to our goals. Examples of key Oregon benchmarks are state and county rates of:
Outcomes are results for participants in programs or initiatives. Effective outcomes are clearly linked to Oregon's goals and benchmarks. Outcomes may include improved knowledge, skills, circumstances, or behaviors. Examples of outcomes include:
As the foundation for this system, the OSU Family Policy Program faculty identified the empirical links between Oregon's social goals and benchmarks, achievable program-level outcomes, and proven prevention approaches. This research was summarized in two guides entitled:
Building Results I: From Wellness Goals to Positive Outcomes for Oregon's Children, Youth, and Families (1997)
Building Results I reviews research to identify the best practices and specific outcomes that are strongly related to reaching Oregon's goals and benchmarks for children, youth, and families.
Chapter 1: Linking Goals to Outcomes
Chapter 2: Best Practices to Reach Wellness Goals
Chapter 3: Strong, Nurturing Families
Chapter 4: Nurturing Families' Special Concern
Chapter 5: Healthy, Thriving Children
Chapter 6: Positive Youth Development
Chapter 7: Positive Youth Development Special Concerns
Chapter 8: Educational Progress and Success
Chapter 9: Caring Communities and Systems
Building Results II: Measuring Outcomes for Oregon's Children, Youth, and Families (includes 350-page appendix of measures) (1998)
Building Results II identifies measurement approaches and tools for assessing the specific outcomes identified in Building Results I. This resource guide includes a 350-page appendix of measurement instruments.
Chapter 1: Accountability and Performance Measurement
Chapter 2: Principles of Performance Measurement
Chapter 3: Measurement Approaches
Chapter 4: Developing Surveys
Chapter 5: Family Outcomes Measures
Chapter 6: Child Outcomes Measures
Chapter 7: Youth Outcomes Measures
Chapter 8: Educational Outcomes Measures
Chapter 9: Child and Youth Environments Measures
Index of Measures
Index of Outcomes
Using the guides, communities mesh research findings with local needs and resources and select locally appropriate strategies and outcomes. Communities also use the guides to institute results-based accountability efforts.