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.

What do you measure?

SocialFish

I am reposting this very interesting question from Eric Lanke ( originally posted on his blog here ). Maybe I was thinking about Shelly Alcorn’s recent post, Is Your Mission Bigger Than What You Can Measure? If you can measure it, she seems to say, you’re not aiming high enough.

Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

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 Impact: The First Step

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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?” ” And that’s a difficult question to answer – whether it is your social or network strategy or a work of art.

What do you measure?

SocialFish

I am reposting this very interesting question from Eric Lanke ( originally posted on his blog here ). Maybe I was thinking about Shelly Alcorn’s recent post, Is Your Mission Bigger Than What You Can Measure?

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.

10 Questions Every Leader Must Ask

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here are 10 important questions business leaders should ask, according to Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, authors of Helping People Win At Work : Does my business have a clear, meaningful, and easily understood vision/mission? And, one more questions to ask is: Do we celebrate success ?

How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

Connection Cafe

In my last post, I answered the age-old questions, “ Can my 501(c)(3) really engage in advocacy? ” How can advocacy make a measurable difference for your organization? So the question isn’t “should I engage in advocacy?” The question is, “why are we not engaging in advocacy?”.

How Do You Measure Nonprofit Impact

Connection Cafe

This isn’t a trick question, but it is a tricky one. What’s so hard about measuring nonprofit impact? Which brings us back to my original question: How do you measure nonprofit effectiveness? Author: Guest Blogger.

Is Measuring Your Facebook Edgerank Useful?

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Over on my Facebook Page and during recent Leveraging Social Media Peer Group discussions , there have been questions about Edgerank and colleague Devon Smith has been experimenting. Measuring Your Edgerank Score. Are you measuring your edgerank score to improve results on Facebook?

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?

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".

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. Textbooks in IDEA, the United States K-12 special education law The issue of TPMs is the biggest future-proofing question in the Treaty.

7 Questions To Ask First

Connection Cafe

So leaning on that background, as well as my more recent decade in nonprofit technology, I offer the following interview questions that an interviewee can ask of a hiring organization, to determine whether a given group is where you should place a career bet. The Seven Questions.

Measuring the Return on Relationships

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: A few weeks ago, I suggested that nonprofits stop using the phrase “ROI&# or questions like “What’s the Return?&# Measuring the Return on Relationships by Claire Diaz Ortiz (nee Williams). Measuring the ROI of a fundraising campaign is equally simple.

grist.org: Measuring Along the Ladder of Engagement

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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

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

Social Media Is About Engagement With A Purpose and How To Measure It

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I recently heard this same idea from colleague Carie Lewis during our Measurement Workshop at SXSW. But that’s only half of it as KD Paine and I write in our book, “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.” Are you measuring conversion? Measurement

4 Questions to Ask Before Going Mobile

Connection Cafe

Here are four groups of strategic questions to help guide your thinking: Who are your constituents and what are they like? How are you going to measure your efforts? Author: Guest Blogger. An extraordinary thing happened last year.

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

Connection Cafe

Coffman stated in their 2004 GuideStar article : “There’s no question that nonprofit organizations have an obligation to manage their finances responsibly. There’s also no question that ratios can be valuable tools for evaluating charitable groups.

The Online Benchmark Report is Here| How Does Your Org Measure Against Its Peers?

Connection Cafe

Regardless of whether or not you’re using Luminate Online, the research and data from this report can give you a detailed view of how you’re measuring against your peers. The question is how you will use these benchmarks to plan and strategize for 2015?

Zoetica Salon Insights: Social Media Measurement for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While people are asking questions and sharing resources not related to the monthly theme (this month is measurement), quite a few are. The Social Media Measurement Checklist. The Challenges of Measurement : Getting Agreement on What To Measure.

How to Measure CRM ROI for Your Nonprofit

SocialFish

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. An ROI assessment seeks to answer the following questions: What am I getting for my money?

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Zoetica Salon Summary: Feeding America’s Social Media Measurement Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Social Media Measurement is this month’s theme on the Zoetica Salon hosted on my blog Facebook page. The theme was “ 30 Ways for 30 Days “ Dan says, “We measured that through each action and each was track-able. Have questions about social media measurement?

Buddha’s Advice On Program Measurement

Idealware

Someday I’ll climb a Himalayan mountain to ask the monk there all of my questions about the universe, but I already know what he’ll say when I ask about program measurement. There are two steps to effectively measure your programs and improve them based on performance: 1.

What’s in your social media measurement tool box and why?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Rob Stuart, who passed away recently and who was instrumental in the creation of the nonprofit technology movement always had a favorite question, “What tools are in your tool box?” Social media measurement tools give you data. Measurement

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. To answer the questions, they conducted a landscape analysis of existing research on the impacts of capacity building on organizational strength and social impact.

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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Measuring Your Crowdsourcing Efforts by Aliza Sherman

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Note from Beth: My colleague, Aliza Sherman, has written a book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crowdsourcing and you drop everything and buy it now. We’ve been chatting about how to measure the impact of the crowd and she offered to write this guest post on the topic.

Finally, A Clear Shift in Attitudes About Measuring Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I spent a year co-writing on a book, “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” with measurement guru KD Paine because I felt strongly focusing on vanity metrics such as follower counts or Facebook likes was a waste of time. How do we measure and track engagement to results?

Ten Essential Questions Business Leaders Must Ask

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here are 10 important questions business leaders should ask, according to Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, authors of Helping People Win At Work : Does my business have a clear, meaningful, and easily understood vision/mission? And, one more questions to ask is: Do we celebrate success ?

How ACLU NJ Defines Social Media Success: The First Important Measurement Step

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When nonprofits started to read and apply our book, ” Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” I noticed this tweet from the ACLU in NJ showing a white board capturing their team meetings to define success for social media. What questions did you ask? Measurement

Treat Your Social Media Measurement Like A 6th Grader’s Science Fair Project!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They follow the scientific method which includes coming up with hypothesis question, collecting data, analyzing results, and getting insight to their questions. Experimentation MeasurementFlickr Photo by the Consortium.

How Experimentation and Measurement Can Help Win A Little Bet with Facebook Promoted Posts

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For me, what was most exciting was the group discussion about after reporting on the experiment about to how to design and measure the next experiment with a promoted post. In November, there was a big backlash against Facebook brewing – the question.

10 Questions Leaders Should Ask Themselves

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here are 10 important questions business leaders should ask, according to Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, authors of Helping People Win At Work : Does my business have a clear, meaningful, and easily understood vision/mission? And, one more questions to ask is: Do we celebrate success ?

Spreadsheet Aerobics: Actionable Measurement for Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have been thinking a lot about actionable social media measurement strategies that are fit and trim and light on their feet! Inspired by the Measure Everything: Is Your Nonprofit Facebook Page Worth It? , That in turns drives my measurement strategy.

Making it Easy to Measure Social Media

Idealware

That question seems simple enough until you start to think about it. It’s a lot easier to answer a specific question, like “How many comments are you getting on your blog?” If you lack clear goals, you’ll find it impossible to effectively measure what you’re doing.

Advancing Social Media Measurement for Philanthropic Outcomes #sm_re

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How do you measure your network to learn how to improve outcomes? I’ll be participating in the session, as part of the context setting by giving an overview of themes in my book, “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” co-author with measurement guru KD Paine.

3 Big Fundraising Metrics Your Nonprofit Absolutely Needs to Measure

John Haydon

And which fundraising metrics should you measure? Books, like Data Driven Nonprofits, by Steve MacLaughlin help address some of these concerns, but not all, and the reality is that a lot of the onus to answer these questions isn’t on development staff, but […].

10 Important Leadership Questions

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here are 10 important questions business leaders should ask, according to Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, authors of Helping People Win At Work : Does my business have a clear, meaningful, and easily understood vision/mission? And, one more questions to ask is: Do we celebrate success ?

What's Your Nonprofit's Social Media Measurement Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One problem is that many do not formulate a measurement strategy and are at a loss to justify their investment of time and resources or reap insights to improve what they're doing. . Measure Everything: Is Your Nonprofit Facebook Page Worth It? Photo by Halloween Jack.

Taking Baby Steps with Social Media Measurement: Defining a Small Pilot

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Part of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is facilitating several peer learning groups on social media measurement. The intent is to help grantees improve their social media practice through measurement and learning. Measurement