Measuring What Matters gives you the training, tips and tricks, and news relating to performance management and data in the state of Vermont. This quarterly newsletter is produced by Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, a collaboration of Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies and Common Good Vermont. Happy measuring!  If you would like to submit to Measuring What Matters, please email 
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Vermont's State Indicators

Benchmarks for a Better Vermont
With the passing of the Outcomes Bill (Act 186) in June 2014, Vermont enabled the use of results-based policy making in the legislature, state government, and the social sector. Stay informed by exploring the Vermont State Outcomes and Indicators.

Vermont Insights Releases Data Hub Prototype

Article by VT Digger
Public data abounds, but relatively little of it is publicly accessible, and even less of it is linked in a meaningful way. A new web portal, 
Vermont Insights, aims to change that. 

What's Up With This RBA Thing?

Op-Ed by Vermont Community Foundation
An article by Jen Peterson, Vice President for Programs & Grants at the Vermont Community Foundation.

RBA Takes Root in South Africa

Three Vermonters traveled to South Africa to share Vermont's story of accountability. Catch up on the results of the conference among South African NGO's. 

Salary Survey Data Released

Common Good Vermont has partnered with the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits and the Maine Association of Nonprofits to conduct a survey of wages and benefits in Northern New England. Click here to access the report.

Trainings and Events

Become an RBA Trainer

Results-Based Accountability Training of Trainer's Workshop with Deitre Epps
January 27 and 28
Marlboro Graduate Center
28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, Vermont

Nonprofit Legislative Day

Save the Date!

The theme for this year’s Vermont Nonprofit Legislative Day is "Renegotiating the Social Contract." Join your colleagues and fellow activists on Thursday, February 5th at the Vermont State House to tackle issues of equity, efficiency and improved service to our communities.

Data Training Held in Stowe

Flint Springs Associates teamed up with Common Good Vermont and Benchmarks for a Better Vermont to offer a two-part data training series in October and November. 

Tips and Tricks

Creating an RBA Culture 

Collected by Kate McGowan
As part of our 4-part RBA Training Series in Bennington, BBVT Trainer Kate McGowan facilitated a conversation about embedding RBA and performance management into the structure of an organization and community. This list captures the Bennington group's thinking on actions that can be taken at the program, organizational, board, and community level.  


Honing Your RBA Action Plan

In this quick video tutorial, Hillary and Shelagh of Benchmarks for a Better Vermont share Mark Friedman's four criteria that can be used to hone your action plan. 

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