A look at the alignment, or lack thereof, between the perspectives of nonprofit and foundation CEOs on four aspects of foundation practice.
Practical guidance for planning and implementing evaluations of collective impact initiatives. Leaders of collective impact initiatives need an approach to performance measurement and evaluation that is as multi-faceted, responsive, and flexible as the initiatives themselves. This three-part guide offers detailed advice on how to plan for and implement effective performance measurement and evaluation activities in the context of collective impact.
Evaluation in many of today’s organizations is ad hoc, not aligned to strategy, underfunded, and underused. We have found this to be true regardless of sector, type or size of organization, or whether they are for profit, philanthropic, or nonprofit organizations. Often times, this situation has led to monitoring and evaluation efforts being perceived as adding little value to organization decision makers, and a perception that monitoring and evaluation efforts are not worth their cost.
Over the last several years, the public and philanthropic sectors have been developing and experimenting with new and creative approaches to solving social problems in response to the increasing recognition that complex problems require complex solutions. Some of these efforts may be described as truly experimental, in that they are using new untested practices or models, making serious attempts to affect systems change, and using innovative technologies to improve the social well-being of many.
This article presents new findings about what foundations are doing on evaluation and discusses their implications. It is based on 2012 research that benchmarks the positioning, resourcing, and function of evaluation in foundations, and follows up on a 2009 study that used a similar design.
Measurement is sorely needed in CSR, and there is a lot of ambiguity about the best way to measure success. As a self-described “data nerd,” many of these issues are quite familiar to me and I thought some advice might be helpful. This blog covers three common “myths” that impede good measurement of corporate responsibility initiatives. These aren’t the only issues (by far), but they do get in the way of attempts to measure impact. If we can get past these three myths, I think measuring impact would be a great deal easier.
This guide summarizes much of what we’ve been touching on through our work. But we’re not aiming to reinvent the wheel. There are plenty of great tips and guides available online so we’ll be pointing you to a variety of those, as well as the resources and tools that we have found helpful in our work. This guide is for many of the storytellers in your organization: senior leaders, marketing and communications professionals, evaluation and research professionals. It includes seven chapters plus resources throughout, examples from the for-profit and non-profit world, and an upcoming tools supplement to the guide.
Sample document of Mayerson's outcome evaluation form used to score grantees outcomes.
Cleveland Foundation's performance planning and review Forms.