Measuring quality of life is a HUGE area and is increasingly being done to understand the key outcomes of many programs, particularly in social services, health care, community development and education. This is great! Interest in measuring quality of life gets to the core of what measurement should be about - measuring what matters - rather than sticking with what is easy and not particularly important.
This cartoon by DogHouseDiaries made me laugh, both for personal and professional reasons. It certainly brings to mind why we need to have good monitoring and reporting systems in place to find out what's ahead, especially if we don't know the route!
NET2VIC Workshop: Demonstrating Value: Build a Management & Reporting Dashboard for your organization
Thursday, February 12, 2015
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
In this workshop Steve Williams will show you how to demonstrate value by building a management and reporting dashboard for your organization. In this interactive session, you'll develop the outline of a management dashboard that combines financial, social and environmental indicators you can use to lead your team, pitch funders and investors and track your progress.
Location: Fort Tectoria
When it comes to measuring and demonstrating value, we don't have to reinvent the wheel. Considerable work, thought and testing has gone into advancing many useful frameworks. I'll be devoting a few blogs to looking at some key frameworks that are used out there, starting with environmental frameworks.
How often do you hear politicians in the media talk about the needs of taxpayers? Too often argues Daphne Bramham, in an editorial I read in Monday’s Vancouver Sun, “We need citizens, not just taxpayers and bookeepers.” Bramham traces the deliberate replacement of citizen with taxpayer, which began in the 1980s with the American anti-tax movement that has since spread to Canada. Along with that change, she says that politicians began talking more about how much