CYPSC members from Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow attended two days training on Outcomes-Based Accountability (OBA)TM in February 2018. The Institute of Public Care (IPC), which is part of Oxford Brookes University in England, delivered this training for the eleven CYPSCs that are part of the first phase of implementation of the National Data and Information Hub.
OBATM is a disciplined way of thinking, planning and taking action that we can use to improve the lives of children and families and the performance of services and programmes. Sometimes called Results-based AccountabilityTM (RBA) in the USA, RBA or OBA has been used extensively over two decades in many countries, and in at least 11 languages, at every level of government.
The two-day training programme provided a basic understanding of the OBATM model, gave opportunities to apply its frameworks to some of the issues we are addressing and helped us to think through how we might use the approach to improve our use of data and information and secure better outcomes for local people.
The interactive area based geo-mapping system will provide information to inform policy and practice around the delivery of services. It is currently being piloted and will be launched nationally by the DCYA and Tusla in the Autumn.