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.

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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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.

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. Create a roadmap for measuring your financial + social impact.

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 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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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?

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.

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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When I heard about Guidestar’s plans to measure high performance at scale, I invited Jacob Harold, CEO and fellow ambassador to share a guest post about it on my blog. GuideStar Platinum: Measuring Nonprofit Performance at Scale by Jacob Harold. And feedback requires 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

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

Infographic: How To Measure Social Media ROI

TechImpact

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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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

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.

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.

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

Connection Cafe

If we continue trying to measure social change by financial criteria alone, we’ll never have full view of the inputs and processes necessary to create lasting impact. However, we shouldn’t rely on for-profit output measures to paint a complete picture of nonprofit success.

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.

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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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

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.

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.

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!

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 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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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!

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".

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.

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.

Is Measuring Your Facebook Edgerank Useful?

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What is it and what it means to use it as a measurement for improving Facebook engagement on your Facebook Page? This post summarizes some of the key points and resources shared. Measuring Your Edgerank Score. Are you measuring your edgerank score to improve results on Facebook?

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.

Does Your Nonprofit Organization Have Measurement Malaise?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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?

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.

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?

Share Your Posts on Measurement and Learning from Your Data: January Blog Carnival

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As KD Paine and I wrote in “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” measuring your social media channels, overall communications or marketing strategy is not a form of voodoo black magic; it is an art and a science. Photo by Notemily.

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

grist.org: Measuring Along the Ladder of Engagement

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hearing Chip Giller from grist.org give a talk at the Packard Foundation about their social media strategy and how they used measurement. The talk was so insightful that I’m sharing what I learned. What do you measure? Measurement

Measuring the Return on Relationships

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Measuring the Return on Relationships by Claire Diaz Ortiz (nee Williams). Although I opened the discussion, I didn’t take it far enough, and too many of you came away with the same, burning question: How can we measure the ROI of relationships? Measure them as well.

What is the Funder’s Role in Supporting Good Measurement?

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Most nonprofits do not have the resources to hire one of these in-demand professionals nor do you see many funding opportunities to build this type of commitment to measurement and learning from data into a nonprofit’s DNA. What is funder’s role to support good measurement?

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