In 2014, the Results-Oriented Accountability Program (ROAP or ROA) was set forth in s. 409.997 Florida Statutes, enacted by Chapter 2014-161, Laws of Florida. The Department of Children and Families submitted a plan to the Florida Legislature in February 2015 to implement the ROAP which laid out a five-year implementation timeline with completion expected by June 30, 2020. This plan included:
- 15 key initiatives to implement the desired processes and functions necessary to achieve long-term child welfare change
- 31 recommended outcome measures to evaluate the child welfare system’s progress in achieving the nine child protection and child welfare outcomes in s. 409.986, F.S.
The Institute serves in both advisory and service provision capacities due to its role in conducting research, providing ROAP evaluation services and through support of various initiatives intended to improve the child welfare system. The Institute sits on both the Technical Advisory Panel, defined in s. 409.997 (4), F.S, and the Governance Committee serving in an advisory capacity and participates in Steering Committee meetings to provide input and advice regarding implementation issues.
Results-Oriented Accountability Program Cycle of Accountability
The Results-Oriented Accountability Program design relies on an outcome focused Child Welfare Community. As such, each stakeholder in the community is responsible and accountable for the outcomes achieved. The Program design requires a strong collaborative partnership with FICW, which serves to expand the capacity of the system in the areas of thought leadership, research, evaluation, data analytics, training and workforce sourcing.
An academic publication presenting the design of the Program is Fostering Accountability: Using Evidence to Guide and Improve Child Welfare Policy1. This work presents a model of accountability, Cycle of Accountability, serving as the framework for the Results-Oriented Accountability Program.
1Testa, M., Poertner, J. et al. Fostering Accountability: Using Evidence to Guide and Improve Child Welfare Policy. 2010. New York, NY. Oxford University Press.
Results-Oriented Accountability Program Initiatives
The Office of Child Welfare began ROA implementation on July 1, 2015 towards a projected five-year initial implementation. By the end of State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016-2017, the Office of Child Welfare had commenced activities and tasks towards 12 of the 15 key initiatives included in the February 2015 ROA Program Plan. Please see the Update on ROA Initiatives Annual (SFY 2016-17) Report for more details. The Office of Child Welfare continues to collaborate with the ROA Technical Advisory Panel, the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, and other child welfare stakeholders to advance the implementation phases.