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. “ 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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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 129: Measuring Impact on the SDGs

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member states to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet, provide a common roadmap for organizations to measure impact. The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the set of 17 global goals adopted by 193 U.N.

Journeying Toward Outcomes and Measuring Results

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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?

What do you measure?


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.

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.

3 Reasons You’re About to Love Outcomes Measurement

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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?

Measuring happiness through Twitter

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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 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

Measuring Matters


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 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.

What do you measure?


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.

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.

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

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


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

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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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Measuring Impact: The First Step

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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 to Promote and Measure Hashtag Campaigns


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!

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

How to Define, Measure and Communicate Your Impact

NonProfit Hub

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. When we keep in mind the true meaning of the impact, in all its forms, it helps us discover what’s important when measuring it. Measuring impact. How can you objectively measure a growth in self-esteem or an increase in overall well-being? Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound.). goals, measure them!

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


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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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.

Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

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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

Recipe for (Measuring) Success

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

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.

Technological Protection Measures and the Blind

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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.

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.

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.

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


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".

Measuring Conservation Effectiveness

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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?

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.

KPIs, Metrics, and Benchmarks – Oh My!…How to Measure Your Year-end Campaigns

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Tis the time of year when end-of-year campaigns are in full swing and metrics, measurement, and benchmarks are top of mind. There are A LOT of ways to measure a campaign's success, let's look at a few. Campaigns Metrics & Measurement Planning end of year fundraising

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.

Peer to Peer Fundraising: How Do You Measure Up?

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Blackbaud’s 2013 Peer to Peer Fundraising Benchmark report provides information that you can use to not only measure your success but to learn about trends and best practices in event fundraising.

#kantersea: Data, Transparency, and Measurement In Seattle

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“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!

What to measure in social media


Jason Falls spells it out for ya here. Awesomeness. Prove It from Jason Falls. ————— ( photo credit ).

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

Measuring ROI in Multichannel Fundraising

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Measuring ROI in multichannel fundraising campaigns can be a lot of work, but … Fundraising Industry Trends Research & Trends multichannel fundraising ROI

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Easily Measure Conversion Rates by Setting Goals in Google Analytics

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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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How to Measure CRM ROI for Your Nonprofit


But how will you even know your CRM initiative is failing if you aren’t measuring its return on investment (ROI)? Measuring ROI is a little more black and white for commercial businesses. Elsewhere on the internet, you can find generic calculators for measuring ROI after implementation.

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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?