Most Popular Philanthropy Metrics Stories of 2010

6. Our Philanthropy Metrics team traveled to Burundi in June between elections there to perform a country wide survey examining the secondary impact of a three year neglected tropical disease project.

5. In December, Transpanency International published it 2010 Global Corruption Barometer Report which indicated that ninety two percent of Kenyans [...]

Live Blogging from the mHealth Summit

I am in Washington D.C. and will be blogging live from the mHealth Summit.  For those of you who do not know, the “m” in mHealth stands for mobile.  So the conference is looking at how mobile applications can impact and improve health care.  Surprisingly but gladly, there is a significant international component to the [...]

Qualitative Research Methods Utilized in Burundi Survey

By Mara J. Roberts

As we mentioned back in June, we recently were contracted to measure the impact of a Neglected Tropical Disease program in Burundi.  The client had measured the medical benefits of the de-worming program, but wanted to know the social benefits that resulted from the de-worming.  Were more children going to school? Were [...]

The Importance of Evaluation

Abhijit Banerjee, co-founder of the MIT Poverty Action Lab, expresses the need for and value of proper evaluation in a recent article:

“Politicians prefer not to be told that they need to wait three years before they can launch their flagship programme; journalists prefer stories about grand successes to qualified endorsements; donors want to eliminate poverty today, [...]

Measuring and Evaluating Strategies for Philanthropies

If your a philanthropy and have foresight to plan your program evaluation prior to the program’s commencement (which is ideal), then here are several suggests that you can [...]

Measuring Outcomes and Evaluating Programs

As mentioned in a previous posting, many non-profit organizations spend significant time outlining project goals, while devoting relatively few resources to the task of evaluating whether these goals are met. The lack of output data often leads to a crisis in writing the final report. Many organizations compensate by overemphasizing stories of transformation at the [...]

Don’t Be Foolish. Measure Outcomes.

Some in philanthropy call it “impact.” Others use the label “enrichment.” Still others say “life change.” What all these labels have in common is that they refer to outcomes. What difference does it make in the lives of real people that this money was given to that project? You can fill in the project name and the dollar amount.

Just this week, we were approached by an organization that had completed a 9 million dollar program [...]

Impatient Optimists and Impact Evaluation

By David A. Roberts

Tim Ogden proposes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review  that “impatient optimists” in philanthropy are dangerous and can do more harm that good.   Bill Gates is among them.  Ogden, instead, is a “patient optimist” and outlines how any significant impact and change takes time.

I can think of one type of international project that is ideally suited for [...]