Embracing the Point of Impact Together: Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders and Nonprofits

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One of the most exciting parts of 2017 for me so far has been to see how many nonprofit organizations and foundations are becoming more and more passionate about outcomes measurement. Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders. Outcomes Measurement Tips for Nonprofits.

Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

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A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. The group included a mix of Google grantees as well as measurement professionals.

Measuring Impact: The First Step

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Note from Beth: How often have those of worked in nonprofits asked the question or been asked the question by funders, “What’s the impact?” The first step is identify what impact might look like as this post explains. “I Maya’s film may have indeed had impact.

It's proven: non-profits thrive when they measure volunteer impact

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Check out this newly released research report that proves it''s critical for us to measure volunteer impact - it also proves that measurement of volunteer impact is vital for increasing donations & ensuring that your programs are effective

Demystifying Outcomes Measurement: A Glossary for Funders 

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Over the past several years, I’ve met with countless people at a wide variety of organizations to connect on outcomes measurement , and I tend to hear similar questions and qualms about this still-new area. “ Vision is inherently focused on impact. Measurement vs. Evaluation.

It's proven: non-profits thrive when they measure volunteer impact

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Check out this newly released research report that proves it''s critical for us to measure volunteer impact - it also proves that measurement of volunteer impact is vital for increasing donations & ensuring that your programs are effective

How to Define, Measure and Communicate Your Impact

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It’s hard to ramp up the good work you do if you don’t know how to concretely define, measure and communicate your impact to supporters. It’s important to learn how to share your efforts with the world, and even more important that you know just how big of an impact you’re making on the issue you’re trying to solve. Defining impact. Impact,” by definition, is the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. Measuring impact.

How Do You Measure Nonprofit Impact

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What’s so hard about measuring nonprofit impact? Can you really use the same criteria to measure the effectiveness of a rural food bank that works locally and an internationally renowned art museum located in a major metropolitan area? Author: Guest Blogger.

3 Reasons You’re About to Love Outcomes Measurement

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As a corporate funder turned consultant, I’ve spent the last decade helping funders make the shift from philanthropy to social, or impact investing. What is impact investing? Impact investing means more than simply “doing good.” How will you tell your impact story?

Having Greater Impact Through Community and Collaboration

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all speak the same giving, measurement and outcomes language? The reality is, there doesn’t seem to be agreement across the sector on definitions and measurement— we aren’t really speaking the same language.

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Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

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I recently got my copy of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine. In the foreward, Beth and Katie say that “measurement is the secret sauce; we provide the recipe.” bookreview resources beth kanter book review measurement netnon

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Journeying Toward Outcomes and Measuring Results

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My face reddened as the realization sunk in that he wanted to know the impact of our program , not a bunch of surface metrics. So off I went to build the real impact story of our grantmaking efforts. What did I learn about outcomes and measuring results in those early days?

Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

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But, like anything else, to improve results, you need to measure it. My colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director. If so, what approaches lead to the greatest impact and under what conditions? . Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness.

Is Your Impact Strategy About the Journey or the Destination?

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It’s no secret that we’re at a point of impact in the giving sector where actions aren’t enough—it’s about achieving measurable outcomes that demonstrate how your giving activities have improved the situation for your intended population.

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Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change

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Read the complete article, "From Outcomes to Impact," by subscribing to the journal for free! ]. The first step in starting to measure your impact is to identify the major outcomes that you want to examine. resources strategy change guestpost impact leaders nten ntenchange

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All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

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At the forefront of strategies is impact investing. From the plenary speech alone, it was clear how much the impact investing field has evolved. But, impact investing means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The Path to Effective Impact Investing.

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Exploring Data for Impact

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Social enterprises are collecting more and more data: data about social problems; data about intervention outcomes; data for collective impact; data for learning; data for dashboards to better operate their enterprises; data for funders; and the list goes on.

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Measuring World Hunger Day

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Note from Beth: My take away from this guest post is the advice that my co-author, KD Paine, has been saying for years. ”Don’t measure the world, if you don’t have the time and resources to do so.” Measuring World Hunger Day – a guest post by Geoff Livingston.

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Can You Measure Love?

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Later today, I’ll be doing a webinar hosted by Hubspot called “ I love Measurement.” That got me thinking about measurement and how you measure difficult stuff. Tom Gilb , an engineer and measurement guru. … Read More Measurement

Resources for Measuring What Matters

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I’ve been curating resources on nonprofit measurement over on Scoop.It, with eye towards collecting useful material related to social media and social impact measurement. Each comes at the topic of measurement from a different angle. Measurement

January 2014Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Measurement and Learning

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I put the call out for nonprofit blog posts on the topic of measuring your nonprofit’s marketing or communication strategies. Blog Posts About Various Steps of the Measurement Process. Once you set measurable goals, you’ve got make sure they are realistic.

Relationship Building as a Measure of Impact

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It’s an important challenge to meet because I think that unless relationship building is broadly recognized as a key measure of impact, it will continue to be under-resourced (to the detriment of achieving the larger goals and outcomes people are working toward).

What Gets Measured Gets Better

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Note from Beth: As part of my work this year as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I’m running several peer learning groups based on the ideas in “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ” and Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly Maturity of Practice model. Measuremen

Measuring Nonprofit Performance at Scale

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My colleagues, all experts, practitioners, and instigators share a passion for inspiring others to build great organizations for greater societal impact and increasing the expectation and adoption of high performance in the field. And feedback requires measurement.

Are Participant Demographics the Most Useful Single Measure of Community Impact?

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We use participant demographics as a core measure at the MAH. We use the county census as our measuring stick. I agree with this argument, but in my experience, it doesn't invalidate demographic measurement. Attendance is not the same as impact.

How Small Organizations Can Use Affordable ICT-tools to Measure Impact | NTEN

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How Small Organizations Can Use Affordable ICT-tools to Measure Impact | NTEN : "What if nonprofits and social enterprises had an affordable way to report real-time, large-scale data on their social impact? This question inspired Kopernik to create the "impact tracker technologies’" catalog in online and print forms. Organizations are under pressure to measure their performance and results.

Infographic: Measuring the Impact of Social Media

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Ever since social media was deemed the coolest communications channel on the block, nonprofits are continuing to question what kind of impact social media has on their bottom line. Wildfire , a social marketing platform surveyed a variety of marketers and found that marketers believe social media is valuable to increase brand awareness and dialogue but will soon begin to measure ROI from a more traditional perspective – attributable sales and costs.

Measure the Impact, Not the Influence

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Someone asked Tara a question about measuring Whuffie or influence. Her response: This is one of the biggest reasons I don’t like to measure Whuffie. The measure needs to be in the impact.

Infographic: How To Measure Social Media ROI

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In a recent blog post by Buffer , they claim it is difficult to, or nearly impossible, measure ROI on social media marketing. The mere presence of highly measurable statistics would refute Buffer’s point.

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5 Steps To Simple Nonprofit Performance Measurement

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Big data and robust analytic measuring tools have enabled this revolution to go from a pipe dream to reality in only a few short years. Everyone wants to compare the success of their organization to a measurable analytic. Start measuring, and reporting. Keep measuring.

Announcing Measuring the Networked Nonprofit Book

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Keo Savon, the young Cambodian woman supported by Measuring Networked Nonprofit book royalties. We are honored to have Laura Arrillaga-Andreeseen, Author of Giving 2.0 , write the foreword and it articulates from the donor perspective why nonprofits need to embrace measurement and learning.

4 Steps to Implementing Your Social Change Strategy: A Case Study with SEFCU

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Learn more about outcomes measurement in the free white paper: “The Point of Impact: Empowering Champions for a Better World”. Start with the end in mind and determine your desired impact organizationally and specifically for each focus area.

How Do We Balance Measuring Outcomes with Measuring to Learn and Improve? (#SM_RE)

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I think sometimes there is a disconnect between measurement and the actual practice. In some organizations, measurement is this thing done at the end to justify or validate social media. There is also the issue of social media measurement tools. Measurement

Building Impact Fundraising Capacity

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Jamie Forbes of Opus Advisers and Alexandra Urbanowski of New Hampshire Public Radio helped attendees understand the value of building a brand within the nonprofit space and how it can impact fundraising. Measurement is essential to understand your impact.

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Measurement Wisdom for Nonprofits from Bill Gates

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“In the past year I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition. You can achieve amazing progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal—in a feedback loop.

How To Make Measurement Fun!

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Last week I wrote about nonprofit “ measurement malaise &# that keeps some nonprofits putting a measurement strategy for their integrated communications campaigns into practice. In the comments, I asked how can we make measurement fun ? We measure EVERYTHING, all the time.

The Heart and Soul of Lean Impact: A/B Testing Experiments and Validated Learning

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This could be as simple as “If we post more links on Facebook with the embedded link tool, we will increase our reach” or any of the items that Mari Smith suggests you measure on Facebook.

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3 Big Ways Artificial Intelligence Impacts Nonprofits

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With this wealth of data, Peter Drucker’s maxim , “What gets measured, gets managed,” has never been more apropos for nonprofits as 2020 nears. If it can be measured, can it be managed?

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#kantersea: Data, Transparency, and Measurement In Seattle

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The day ended with a curated conversation on “ Data, Transparency, and Impact ” facilitated by the amazing Erica Mills and with Jane Meseck (Microsoft), Paul Shoemaker (Social Venture Partners) and Eric Stowe (Splash). Defining Impact. Transparency and Measurement.

Crowdsourcing: Measuring the Impact of the Crowd in Funding and Doing

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There are several learning cohort groups, including one on better understanding network impact. What domains of impact should be considered (e.g. impact of the crowd-produced product, impact on the crowd / community)? How do you measure the impact of the crowd here?

Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact

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” After spending five years living and breathing networks and measurement and designing and delivering many, many nonprofit capacity building programs, my focus is going to be on how nonprofits can apply measurement and their networks to learn for impact.

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Measuring Social Media Outcomes Is Easier than Measuring Hurricane Strength

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While my family and their home dodged a bullet, like millions in NYC, other locations had catastrophic flooding and there was a loss of lives. We learned that it predicting the path of hurricanes is a more precise science than the measuring their destructive force. Measurement

How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

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How can advocacy make a measurable difference for your organization? And since advocacy often involves coalitions, it can be difficult to measure who owns the success—or quite possibly the failure—of initiatives. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits.