Demonstrating Value Blog

September 29, 2011

When you hear the word “impact”, what comes to mind? While your first thoughts may include that kickboxing class you just joined, it is it is also true that the term “impact” is often used loosely to encompass any type of reporting about the social or environmental mission of an organization. In the world of evaluation, this word has a much ‘tighter’ meaning:  Impact is the tracking of long-term outcomes, controlling for external influences, or using randomized control trials to prove that the outcomes are attributable to a particular organization’s efforts.


What does this mean in practice?  Consider the following example which may seem straight forward, but is more challenging when you get down to the details.

Hypothetical measurement need:   A business wants to measure the impact on greenhouse gas emissions of providing discounted solar roof panels.

A Simple Solution?  Greenhouse gas emissions...

September 28, 2011

Welcome to the Demonstrating Value blog, where the DV team shares tools, resources and information that will assist community-based organizations plan, manage and communicate the value of their work.
 

This blog complements the Demonstrating Value website, where you can find detailed information on Demonstrating Value tools and expertise. Blog posts will be published regularly, as new issues, ideas, tools and updates emerge. We invite you to join the community, comment on any of our blog posts and participate in the Demonstrating Value dialogue!
 

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