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Anti-Racist Results-Based Accountability (AR-RBA)

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Upstream Investments is bringing anti-racism to Results-Based Accountability. Anti-Racist Results-Based Accountability (AR-RBA) is a tool for strategic planning and a framework for performance management through which we are:

  • Ceasing the erasure of historically marginalized communities
  • Using demographic data to disrupt inequity
  • Maintaining transparency
  • Taking responsibility and committing to doing better

AR-RBA begins by recognizing that inequities that exist in Sonoma County are the result of generations of institutional and structural racism. AR-RBA provides an ends-to-means framework to assess whether investments are actively mitigating inequities in Black, Indigenous, Asian and local communities of color.

Advancing equity in our community demands that we look at community and program level data by race and other demographic indicators (e.g. race/ethnicity, language, gender, disability) to adopt strategies to eliminate inequities. AR-RBA uses local data to tell community stories with integrity and honors lived experiences. Through a focus on race and ethnicity we daylight our systems’ contribution to the disproportionally negative outcomes experienced by local communities of color.


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Interested in implementing Anti-Racist Results-Based Accountability? Upstream Investments and the Sonoma County Human Services Department, in partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Equity, offers free courses and workshops. Our workshops are specifically designed to offer more space for practicing concepts. Racial equity prework is required for participation. Please see below for our current offerings.



Future Trainings

Performance Measures Workshop

Put AR- RBA into practice! Write and evaluate Performance Measures for your program with our cross-departmental team. This workshop is designed to support writing, evaluating, and refining Performance Measures for attendees' programs. We encourage program staff, managers, and contract managers to attend together!

Next date pending

Turn the Curve wheelTurn the Curve Thinking & Root Cause Analysis Workshop

Practice Turning the Curve and perform a Root Cause Analysis! Bring your own data or use one of our examples to look beyond surface level analysis and experience the powerful discovery of a “hot root.”

Next date pending


Scorecards for Sonoma County Safety Net Departments

The Scorecard contains data from select contracted programs using Results-Based Accountability and Anti-Racist Results-Based Accountability. The Scorecard is not representative of every County program or community-based organization (CBO) contracted program offered. A select number of programs funded by safety net departments and operated by contracted agencies are contained in the Scorecard. Programs were selected for inclusion in the Scorecard based on criteria of being funded by a County safety net department and a capacity and level of readiness to participate. The goal is for the adoption of Anti-Racist Results-Based Accountability across all contracted programs funded by safety net departments in the next 3-5 years.

At this time programmatic data is not available for contracted programs funded by the Department of Health Services.