We use an approach called Results Count™ to help professionals in nonprofits 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 decreasing the time young people spend in juvenile detention. 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.

The Foundation’s Results Count programs are centered on development of five core competencies:

  • Be results based and data driven, establishing clear goals and using data to assess progress and change course as needed. 
  • Use the self as an instrument of change to move a result, based on the belief that individual leaders are capable of leading from whatever position they hold.
  • Bring attention to and act on disparities, recognizing that race, class and culture impact outcomes and opportunities for vulnerable children.
  • Master the skills of “adaptive leadership,” which makes leaders aware of the impact of values, habits, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors associated with taking action to improve results.
  • Collaborate with others, understanding that the capacity to build consensus and make group decisions enables leaders to align their actions and move work forward to achieve results. 

From the Blog

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Food Banks Demonstrate the Power of Community Engagement for Results

Just over a year since adopting Results Count practices, two food banks on opposite sides of the country have used the Casey Foundation approach to further focus and improve their strategies.

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Diverse leadership makes nonprofits more effective, according to research. Yet, in the nonprofit sector today, just 10% of CEOs and board chairs and 16% of board members are people of color. Leveling this professional playing field involves building organizational cultures in the social sector that place racial equity at the center of internal operations and external programing.

Leaders committed to helping all children succeed must understand the roles that race, class and culture play in shaping outcomes and opportunities for vulnerable children nationwide. Enter the Results Equity Crosswalk, a new tool from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that enables leaders to bring attention to and act on racial and ethnic disparities.

Strengthening the Practice of Leadership

video: creating leaders of color

Ellen Schall, former dean of New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, discusses the importance of engaging students of color for leadership roles in the social sector. 


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

video: the accountability pathway

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