The Outcomes Framework Initiative


Join us in creating the future of system selection in higher education.



Outcomes Framework Kick-Off Event

A great success. See the update.

The Community Needs You

Advantiv is leading a collaborative initiative to create a new, community-based outcomes resource for enterprise software system planning and selection in higher education.

The purpose is to improve the justification, quality, and impact of enterprise software system selections through the intentional integration of measurable business outcomes, while reducing time, cost and risk for all parties involved.

The centerpiece of this new approach is a business outcomes library, called the Outcomes Framework, consisting of a comprehensive set of model business outcomes documents, including peer examples, best practices, lessons learned, and other resources specifically designed to support outcomes-driven enterprise software system selection, implementation and optimization.

This is a true community effort in which institutions, vendors, consultants and others will work collaboratively for the benefit of all. Our role is to catalyze, organize, and facilitate the creation of the Outcomes Framework, and to make it readily available for all to use.

The goal: a dynamic, comprehensive, non-proprietary, non-exclusive and highly affordable outcomes resource that is created with and for the higher education community.

Our vision: The Outcomes Framework will serve as the foundation and guide for major initiatives throughout higher education, starting with but extending beyond enterprise software, and eventually expanding to serve K-12, healthcare, public sector and other market sectors. The Framework will ultimately become the basis for a not-for-profit entity that is dedicated to advancing outcomes thinking for the good of the community.

For this to happen, we need you to become involved. Please join us. 

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Framework Sponsors

Campus Management


(and more to come)

Outcomes Framework

Community Resource

Focuses on Outcomes

Aligns to Mission and Value

Supports Project Justification

Increases Stakeholder Buy-In

Streamlines RFPs

Reduces Cost/Risk of Selection

Increases Quality of Selection

Foundation for Project Success

Become a Participant

If you have ever led or have been significantly involved in a major software initiative, then your experience, wisdom, and even foresight would provide great value to your colleagues.

Consider participating in one or more of our upcoming virtual outcomes summits (see below) where the foundations of the outcomes framework documents will be established. Then, as the outcomes documents are created and edited, consider taking part in the review and comment process.

Interested? Let us know. More information will be forthcoming.

Become a Promoter

Please encourage your enterprise software provider(s) to support this effort by actively participating in the Vendor Sponsorship Program we have created for that purpose. 

Then, as the Outcomes Framework goes live, continue to encourage your providers to support it by inviting their prospective clients to leverage it in their planning and selection projects, and their existing clients to instill outcomes thinking into their system value optimization efforts.

And, of course, please let your friends know.

Become a Sponsor (via Subscription)

One of the questions we are asked most frequently is “How can I help?”

Our answer: Become a sponsor.

If you wish to support the creation of the Outcomes Framework, we have made some easy sponsorship options available to you:

  • Supporter I and Supporter II – includes a subscription to the Outcomes Framework through 12/31/2020. Two sponsorship funding levels are available, so feel free to choose the level of support that suits you best.

Proceeds will support the creation of the Outcomes Framework.

You can select a sponsorship level via the Buy Now button to the right, or drop us a note with your choice and we will send you an invoice.

Outcomes Framework Institutional Sponsorship Levels

Higher Education Outcomes Summits

The contents of the Outcomes Framework will be created, reviewed, maintained and expanded over time by higher education leaders, primarily through periodic virtual summits hosted and facilitated by Advantiv.

Summits will be arranged by topical area, e.g. Student, Finance, Human Capital, et cetera, and by institution type. Each summit will involve 10-25 participants via a 90-120-minute web-based ideation, prioritization, and refinement session.

Participants will come from sponsoring institutions along with representatives selected by sponsoring vendors from their client institutions.

Advantiv will extend and refine the results of each summit into model business outcomes documents for inclusion in the Outcomes Framework.

A Word About DecisionDirector and the Outcomes Framework


The Outcomes Framework concept emerged out of our deep experience in system selections and our vision for its future.

The idea of making it a community resource and not just another proprietary product offering reflects our “purpose-over-profit” commitment to support the mission of higher education.

Yes, DecisionDirector is our flagship product and, while its design will support the use of the Outcomes Framework, such use will be strictly optional. Therefore, access to the Outcomes Framework will be completely independent of DecisionDirector.

A project without measurable business outcomes

is like a compass without true north.

Our Position, Policies, and Practices

We are 100% vendor neutral.

We have no stake in, or benefit in anyway from, a selection outcome.

We never reveal vendor response data without permission from the vendor.

We do not claim ownership of any client, consultant, or vendor data entered into DecisionDirector.

We never sell or otherwise distribute any of the data entered into DecisionDirector.

We have many consulting partners who have integrated DecisionDirector into their planning and selection methodologies, and their baseline requirements and other information into the DecisionDirector database.

Clients are free to use our baseline library or that of their chosen consultant, or a combination of both.

Vendors may establish baseline requirements of their own in DecisionDirector, for clients and prospects that wish to start with those.

We do whatever we can to help clients, consultants, and vendors be successful in using and benefiting from DecisionDirector, but we never provide unfair advantage or share inside information about the projects we support. We hold all conversations in full confidence and do not discuss or share sensitive or competitive information. We are committed to creating and supporting the best practices that lead to the best possible outcomes, and therefore are always open to constructive criticisms and suggestions.