Demystifying Outcomes Measurement: A Glossary for Funders 

Connection Cafe

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. “ Measurement vs. Evaluation.

Journeying Toward Outcomes and Measuring Results

Connection Cafe

From there I dug in to learn as much as I could about outcomes measurement and results from consultants, think tanks and other leaders in the field. What did I learn about outcomes and measuring results in those early days?

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

Connection Cafe

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.

3 Reasons You’re About to Love Outcomes Measurement

Connection Cafe

It means investing with purpose to achieve specific, measurable outcomes and impact. In the impact investing model, when we give to a cause, we should see specific and measureable return in the form of social change. Who’s excited about simplifying outcomes measurement?

Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

Amy Sample Ward

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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5 Steps To Simple Nonprofit Performance Measurement

TechImpact

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.

Measuring Matters

NetWits

There is a continuous discussion going on in the nonprofit space that’s centered on measurement. We all know that measurement and determining return on investment (ROI) is important so we’re thinking about how to determine what success looks like in the social media world. Over the years nonprofits have figure out how to measure a lot of things.

Measuring World Hunger Day

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

Can You Measure Love?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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

Measuring happiness through Twitter

AFP Blog

Measuring happiness through Twitter : The day of the Boston bombings was the world’s saddest in five years—at least according to the “Hedonometer,” a tool designed by mathematicians at the University of Vermont that acts like a mood ring for the Internet

Resources for Measuring What Matters

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

Measuring Impact: The First Step

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But it wasn’t until Active Voice brought on a full time evaluator that were we able to identify and actually measure the kind of shifts we think films can contribute to. Measurement “You Know Your Film is Making a Difference When…” Guest Post by Ellen Schneider.

How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

Connection Cafe

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.

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

VolunteerMark

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

What Gets Measured Gets Better

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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 the Networked Nonprofit

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Not only did she wear a Tiara, but she shared her measurement insights in rhyme. I haven’t yet formally announced that I’ve been working on a book project with KD Paine to bring her Measure What Matters to the social good sector. Books Measurement

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

VolunteerMark

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 Measure Your Prospect Management System

Connection Cafe

Once you have consistent and relevant prospect data at your disposal, what should you measure? Fundraising Success & Performance Identifying Prospects metrics Prospect Managment

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New E-Book: Measurement 101 for Nonprofits by KD Paine @queenofmetrics

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I learned about measurement from Katie Delahaye Paine, who is the leading expert in measuring communications strategies. Part 3: How To Measure the Effectiveness of Your Efforts. Part 4: How To Measure Engagement. Part 5: How To Budget for Measurement. Measurement

Announcing Measuring the Networked Nonprofit Book

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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

Measurement Wisdom for Nonprofits from Bill Gates

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

“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.

Source Codes: The Most Useful Measurement Strategy You May Not Be Using

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Source Codes: The Most Useful Measurement Strategy You May Not Be Using – Guest Post by Laura Quinn. Measurement TipsYou’re likely using more than one channel to communicate. Email, Facebook, posting to listserves, your website, direct mail—the list goes on and on.

What do you measure?

SocialFish

My association Board chair and I were chatting not long ago, talking about the mission and big-picture objectives of our association, and I mentioned, literally without giving it a second thought, that we were incapable of measuring progress on some of the things we had set for ourselves.

Easily Measure Conversion Rates by Setting Goals in Google Analytics

NonProfit Hub

Overall, you want to be tracking these types of goals because it’ll help you determine the quality of your visitors and measure the effectiveness of your marketing efforts. The post Easily Measure Conversion Rates by Setting Goals in Google Analytics appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

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Measuring Conservation Effectiveness

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Measuring outcomes is difficult, measuring activities is easy. But, if we only measure activities, we could find ourselves being "successful" while the species we're trying to protect goes extinct or the biome we're trying to protect loses viability and diversity. At a two-day event at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation on changing an entire movement. The people attending all believe that we have to focus much more on conservation outcomes: are there more tigers?

3 Big Fundraising Metrics Your Nonprofit Absolutely Needs to Measure

John Haydon

And which fundraising metrics should you measure? The post 3 Big Fundraising Metrics Your Nonprofit Absolutely Needs to Measure appeared first on John Haydon. Being “data-driven” is easier said than done. But where do you start?

How To Make Measurement Fun!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

#kantersea: Data, Transparency, and Measurement In Seattle

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

“Is measuring data about proving it or improving it?” Advice for Nonprofits To Get Started with Measurement. “If you’re just starting with measurement, start with an easy win.” ” – @ kanter Build up your measurement muscles, y’all!

How Do You Measure Nonprofit Impact

Connection Cafe

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.

Technological Protection Measures and the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Why Circumvention for the Purposes of Access is Crucial A Bookshare Briefing Paper Prepared for the Diplomatic Conference for Visually Impaired Persons The distributors of digital content often use technological protection measures (TPMs) to discourage the making of unauthorized copies.

Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But, like anything else, to improve results, you need to measure it. My colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director. If you deliver capacity building to nonprofits or you are a nonprofit who has engaged with a capacity builder, how did you measure the results?

Measuring Social Media Outcomes Is Easier than Measuring Hurricane Strength

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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 to Promote and Measure Hashtag Campaigns

SocialFish

Learn how hashtags can be used to engage your social audience and how you can measure their performance in cross-channel campaigns. Download this guide from Simply Measured to learn things like: What hashtags are and why you should be using them. Free resource alert!

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

Connection Cafe

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 are you doing? Measure outcomes, not activity, to find out

VolunteerMark

They want to know outcomes, so that’s what we have to measure. Your supporters are much more interested in what you accomplish than how you accomplish it. Watch out for these common mistakes

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Recipe for (Measuring) Success

Connection Cafe

Recipe for (Measuring) Success. Author: Noel Beebe. Event season is in full swing which means three things to me… reports, reports, reports.

Social Media with M+R: How to Measure the Metrics that Matter

EveryAction

Through her work with clients like the Wildlife Conservation Society and her love of (math) problem solving, Amy has picked up a lot of wisdom + I wanted to better understand her process for approaching a social media campaign and measuring its efficacy. It's not enough to measure "likes" for every post and assume the ones with more had the most impact. Measuring beyond "likes".

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

Museum 2.0

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. Or is another measure more apt?