Initiatives to check out Coming together around a Common Approach to Impact MeasurementThe Common Approach to Impact Measurement is a community of social purpose organizations, grant makers, investors and academics that have come together to improve the tools and practices of impact measurement on a number of different fronts that including promoting Common Foundations to Impact Measurement, defining flexible indicator standards, a common set of organizational indicators, and a community-owned enabling infrastructure that would make it easier for social purpose organizations to manage data and learn from each other. Demonstrating Value is proud to be part of this amazing initiative. Read more about the Common Approach to Impact Measurement. Learn more about the Common Foundations to Impact Measurement. Check out my blog about he first Common Foundation: Plan your Intended Change.Have you heard of the Montreal Declaration on Evaluation and Social Impact Measurement yet? It is inspiring!The Montreal Declaration on Evaluation and Social Impact Measurement was drafted a year ago to promote a dialogue and common vision around the opportunities and challenges in the impact measurement field. It came about in part to challenge trends in the field that emphasize standardized, uniform evaluations/impact measurement that focus on ‘results’ over process, and do not take into account the context of the organization and feasibility of measurement. So far it has over 35 organizational signatories. The Declaration was part of a larger project that resulted in a detailed web guide that is currently in the process of being translated into English... Read more
Issues & IdeasMeasurement in the time of COVID-19In the space of weeks, countless community-based organizations have had to shift what they are doing while being faced with significant constraints. Across the community – in health care delivery, social services, education, to name a few – we are witnessing a great deal of creativity and experimentation in (re)designing programs. Impact and performance measurement practices that rely on clearly articulated goals, a plausible theory of change, and attention to performance metrics attached to goals, are not particularly useful in this complex and rapidly changing environment. What is needed are processes and information gathering that can support organizations to try out different actions that guide the direction of program development and redesign. Read moreIt is time to revise the “Gold Standard” of Impact Measurement and Evaluation DesignClearly establishing net impact and the influence of a program’s activities on an outcome has been a huge challenge in this field. A ‘gold standard’ of research and evaluation, the randomized control trail, is often held up as the standard to which we should aspire. In the fall I took an excellent course by Mark Cabaj on Exploring Complexity-Based and Systemic Thinking through SFU. It reminded me of my earlier acquaintance with Bayesian statistics, which has led me to wonder, why is this not being applied more in Evaluation?! Read more
The Practical CornerBusiness Performance Measurement: Why Measure more than Financials? The starting point for most social enterprises in measurement is to set up a bookkeeping system to track money in and money out. While financial bookkeeping and accounting are fundamental to running a business, it may also be useful to track other aspects of business performance early on to be able to make good operational and planning decisions.. Read more Do-it-yourself Surveys: Design Tips Tools like Survey Monkey and Fluid Survey are low or no-cost, easy to use and accessible to anyone with e-mail. But this also means there are many more surveys out there as well as other competing demands on people’s attention. It is more important than ever, to design an effective survey that yields data that you can act on. Here are some design tips to help... Read more
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