What is the DFA Framework for Success? 

The Framework is a comprehensive approach to supporting informed and transparent decision-making across the Division of Finance and Administration, for the benefit of the university. The DFA Framework for Success allows for an open and collaborative culture where everyone can contribute their expertise and ideas.

 

The DFA Framework for Success is a comprehensive approach to supporting informed and transparent decision-making across the Division of Finance and Administration, for the benefit of the university. It has three main elements:

  1. Guiding principles
  2. Key performance indicators (KPIs) and key activities
  3. Division-wide and unit-level metrics

Built on the foundation of OSU’s core values—accountability, diversity, integrity, respect and social responsibility—the DFA Framework for Success allows for an open and collaborative culture where everyone can contribute their expertise and ideas.

The Framework can help every employee within the division understand why their work is important and how it advances the goals of OSU’s Strategic Plan. The DFA Framework for Success promotes the removal of barriers between units and allows people with vastly different jobs to share a common language, a unified direction, and a sense of belonging to a wider community. Learn more about the origin of the DFA Framework for Success.

What are the parts of the DFA Framework? 

With a sense of community in mind, DFA leadership teams defined a set of guiding principles that inform our actions. They also identified key performance indicators (KPIs) and key activities that focus our efforts, for which DFA units are collectively responsible. DFA leaders and managers are using the guiding principles and key activities to hone decision-making. They help us choose and prioritize which projects DFA units will pursue and how we will collaborate with teams across the university. 

The DFA leadership team is refining a set of overarching division metrics, which either measure our success or identify our challenges. Division metrics ensure we are constantly striving for continuous improvement through collaboration and innovation. 

The final piece of the DFA Framework for Success are unit-level key activities and metrics, which are under development and are expected to be completed by the end of 2021. During this process, DFA units are identifying ways to measure what is most important in reaching operational and project outcomes, while maintaining alignment with the division KPIs, key activities, and metrics. As we continue to develop and implement the DFA Framework for Success and establish unit-level metrics that help move the needle on the overarching division metrics towards a desired state, the connections between the day-to-day work of DFA teams and the objectives outlined in SP4.0 will become clear.

This visual summary of the DFA Framework for Success shows how all the parts fit together. 

What does the DFA Framework for Success do?

  • Measures progress toward strategic and operational goals.
  • Informs DFA's strategic direction and assist senior leaders determine DFA's strategic priorities, projects and actions, which in turn directly advance actions in OSU's strategic plan.
  • Provides direction and decision-making tools for employees.
  • Creates opportunities for academic and professional success.