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.

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.

Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

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I led the panel, “Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits are Leveraging Data” and was joined by Adrian Bordone, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at GuideStar, and Peter York CEO and Chief Innovator at Algorythm.

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How Do You Measure Nonprofit Impact

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million nonprofits. 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?

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.

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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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. Do these services truly lead to a “ Capacity Dividend ” – accelerating nonprofits’ ability to pursue their purpose?

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?

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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3 Big Ways Artificial Intelligence Impacts Nonprofits

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According to the Brookings Institute , nonprofit organizations are showing a surging interest in tapping into the capabilities of not only artificial intelligence (AI), but also machine learning (ML) and data analytics. If it can be measured, can it be managed?

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5 Steps To Simple Nonprofit Performance Measurement


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.

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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Measuring Nonprofit Performance at Scale

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Note from Beth: I am honored to be a member of Leap Ambassadors Community , a private community of nonprofit thought leaders and practitioners. GuideStar Platinum: Measuring Nonprofit Performance at Scale by Jacob Harold. But we in the nonprofit sector must try.

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! ]. By Julie Macalik, with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success. The first step in starting to measure your impact is to identify the major outcomes that you want to examine.

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Announcing Measuring the Networked Nonprofit Book

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Keo Savon, the young Cambodian woman supported by Measuring Networked Nonprofit book royalties. I could not have written this book alone, especially as a reformed measurement phobic. Buy a Copy of the Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.

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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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

Can You Measure Love?

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My way of being generous is to share and facilitate sharing of knowledge about nonprofits effective use of social media and networks. Later today, I’ll be doing a webinar hosted by Hubspot called “ I love Measurement.” Tom Gilb , an engineer and measurement guru.

Infographic: How To Measure Social Media ROI


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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January 2014Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Measurement and Learning

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I’m delighted to be hosting the January, 2014 Nonprofit Blog Carnival. 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.

How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

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How can advocacy make a measurable difference for your organization? Additionally, there is often a demand on advocacy’s return on investment (ROI) by nonprofit boards, donors, and CEOs. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits.

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.

Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

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In fact, when I was conducting research for my book Data Driven Nonprofits , I spoke with data champions in a wide variety of organizations across numerous focus areas. This helps provide a platform for foundations and nonprofits to partner more closely on achieving intended outcomes together.

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.

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


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. Learning Loops from the Networked Nonprofit.

Does Your Nonprofit Organization Have Measurement Malaise?

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Malaise is a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness, of being “out of sorts.&# Lately, I’ve been hearing about “measurement malaise&# infecting nonprofits and not just social media measurement. Does your organization have measurement malaise?

Building Impact Fundraising Capacity

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The following article originally appeared in The NonProfit Times Live from bbcon newsletter. Speaking during bbcon 2013, Blackbaud’s Conference for Nonprofits in National Harbor, Md., Measurement is essential to understand your impact.

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Book Review: Engine of Impact – Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector

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Last week I attended the launch of the book, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector by William F. The authors identify seven leadership best practices of high performance based on their extensive experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector.

Liberating Nonprofit Data for Greater Impact

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Note from Beth: In a report entitled Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data, authors Beth Novek and Daniel Goroff address the challenges of obtaining better, more usable data on the nonprofit sector to match the field’s growing importance.

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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

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

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Since 2008, SEFCU’s Community Support Program has helped more than seven million people within its branch footprint – which includes upstate New York’s Capital Region, Binghamton, Syracuse and Buffalo areas – through funding vital nonprofit organizations.

How To Make Measurement Fun!

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Last week I wrote about nonprofitmeasurement 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 ? Measurement

Return on Mission: A Framework to Measure Success at Philanthropic Organizations

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As a nonprofit organization, which factor do you believe best showcases the success of your mission? Programmatic statistics related to mission impact. As with many multiple-choice tests, there is only one answer here that makes sense: programmatic statistics related to mission impact.

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

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Here are the simple rules for nonprofit marketers as explained in this article in Social Media Today : Start with a hypothesis. Those are some great general principles, but how might you apply this to testing your digital marketing channels if you’re a nonprofit?

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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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Can you hear me now? Inspired Impact!

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Call it outcomes, call it impact, call it whatever you like… But does anyone hear you? Grantmakers are big on understanding the outcomes of our programs so nonprofits find ways to tell them. We are the nonprofit experts. Principle 1 : Plan for impact.

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