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Manatee County Illustrates a Results First Approach

Welcome to Results First in Manatee County

This site contains all of the concepts, tools, examples, and impact reports on use of the Results First approach. When you click on each section you will find a directory of available resources including writings, videos, presentations and other materials. If you have questions or challenges using this site, please connect with Rachael Taft.

What is Results First?

Results First is the major initiative of County Administrator Cheri Coryea. Simply put, the words convey the meaning: in Manatee County, we start with the result and then design activities and processes to achieve it. Cheri frames the picture and speaks to the connection between ACE and Results First.

What is on the Results First SharePoint Page? 

This site contains the concepts, tools, and examples you need to put Results First in gear. Each section includes an action step to immediately apply an approach or a tool. 

Getting Started

1. What is Results First? – This introduction speaks to how to define and communicate Results First. Examples are provided of how it works and what it achieves.

2. Activities vs. Results – The most important distinction in Results First is between what we do and what we achieve. Completing a plan is an activity. People using the plan to achieve something specific is a result. Take a dive into this distinction.

3. Creating Great Result Statements – This section defines the elements that move success from intent to achieve something to the very specific gains of a defined result.

4. Defining by Achievement – When you speak to the value you add, it is far more likely to create energy and a memory trace than if you tell people what you do. Here’s how to practice that.

Results People and Practices

5. Results Leaders (This means you) – Staff are not just a component of an organization. They are the key to making plans, policies and projects come alive. Here are five specific steps to breathe life into work, whether you supervise anyone else or just yourself.

6. Attributes of Result Leaders – Energy and tenacity matter more to achievement than do degrees or even experience. Take a look at yourself as a “sparkplug” that makes things happen. You can build on your strengths here – far more exciting than correcting your deficiencies!

7. Selecting your “Go First” Team – To be highly successful, we typically need help – at least from a few other persons. Learn here about the power of “early adopters” who have an itch to act as the persons to whom you turn first.

County Initiatives

8. Targets for Meetings – Most people in organizations say that many of the meetings they attended are not a good use of their time. Results first suggests driving meetings not by agendas of topics but by clarity on what. When we replace the agenda of what is to be covered with the target of what is to be achieved, most meetings are shorter and sharper. Here’s how to do it.

9. Seeding Innovation – High achieving groups have a steady stream of new ideas to improve things. The best have a way of defining success as doing something with ideas to see if they work. Here’s a step by step process for doing that.

10. Results-based Grantmaking – The County for years has funded social and health services provided by nonprofits. In our approach this has changed to investing in results. Some tools used apply to our work, also funded by the county as an approved budget.

For more view this video by our Results First consultant, Hal Williams:​​​​​​​