Measurement & Evaluation New ways to measure and evaluate the impact an organization’s work has on society
By combining the characteristics of small and nimble organizations with those that have successfully scaled, can we have our impact and our numbers too?
We do best when we let communities define and direct their own “positive outcomes.”
It’s hard to fully understand the effects of interventions that aim to address several life challenges at once. But it can help to transition from all-or-nothing assessments to more incremental measures.
Although we are ultimately most interested in long-term life outcomes for students, to achieve them education leaders will need a new focus on shorter-term, intermediate measures of success.
Funders can support positive change by backing proven, replicable interventions and new measurement tools that help draw the connection between services offered and results achieved.
A growing number of investors are attempting to create social value with their investments, but it’s often more difficult to achieve than one might think
Evidence-based practice has great potential to improve social outcomes, but only if we do a better job marketing and adapting it to address the specific problems at hand.
In laying the groundwork for stronger cross-sector collaboration and outcomes-focused approaches, pay-for-success projects in Silicon Valley are reaping benefits far beyond the success they’ve agreed to invest in.
In adopting data-driven practices, leaders must design and implement programs in ways that engage community members directly in the work of social change.
For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider"—as a shorthand way to describe the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.
The true power of data comes from conveying the “so what” behind the numbers, inspiring people to probe new questions, and using it for rigorous statistical inquiry.