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 [...]

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 [...]

Qualitative Data in Measurement

Last week, Philanthropy Action hosted a conference call with David A. Roberts of New Dominion Philanthropy Metrics and Sean Stannard-Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy looking at the role of qualitative metrics in good philanthropic decision-making, and especially how non-profits and foundations could capture qualitative data in reliable and useful ways. [...]

Conference Call with Philanthropy Action

David Roberts of New Dominion Philanthropy Metrics will be the featured guest on a Philanthropy Action conference call examining measurement and evaluation on February 22nd at 1pm EST/10am PST. You can register for the conference call by sending an email to

The Right and Wrong Way to Survey

By David A. Roberts

The most critical challenge that philanthropy has faced over the last several years is proving with evidence, rather than inference, that financial gifts have made a significant impact. This has become even more critical during the present economic crisis as donors give more selectively. In one of the New York Times Magazine‘s [...]

Cost Benefit of Search and Rescue in Haiti

I cannot say with certainty how dollars should have been allocated in Haiti. But as a public health practitioner, and someone dedicated to outcomes measurement, I am concerned that SAR-focused relief efforts improperly subordinate the good of the many to the good of a very few. On balance, my training would suggest we begin erring on the side of the good of the many. [...]