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 [...]