Demonstrating Value Blog
In Part 1 of “10 Ways to Show Your Impact”, we discussed five things you can do to show your value including:
1) be as clear as possible in describing your vision, mission, and strategies,
2) describe what differentiates you,
3) describe and show evidence of the value you create from the perspective of all your stakeholders,
4) tell your story and the stories of those you work with, and
5) create a map of how you are influencing change.
Here in Part 2, we will show you five more ways you can express your impact as a community-based organization. While Part 1 focused more on qualitative measures, the tips in Part 2 will take a different spin on things with a greater focus on quantitative measures.
6. Quantify what you can. Quantifying is all about pulling together indicators and...
Community-based organizations are in a tough position: they work tirelessly towards goals that will have positive social or environmental impacts and they know they create a lot of value for the communities they serve – but, this value is hard to express and recognition from the community is hard to come by. The value created by community-based groups doesn’t get captured very well by standard financial statements because conventional accounting methods do not consider value beyond the financial returns. Expression of the value of social and environmental impacts often falls through the cracks.
So what are community-based organizations to do? How can they express this value to others and get the recognition they deserve? Well, the bad news first: there is no simple and commonly recognized way to measure and show this value. The good news: there are many things that you can do that can show your value! With a thoughtful, well-strategized combination of tools and tactics...
Let’s chat about real, genuine, authentic, practical evaluation…
In their blog, Genuine Evaluation, Patricia Rogers and Jane Davidson share their enthusiasm for evaluation with weekly posts that reflect their commitment to improving the quality of evaluation. Blogging from Australia and New Zealand, Patricia and Jane employ an international approach from a distinctly Southern Hemisphere perspective.
An intriguing feature of the blog is the everyday language and practicality with which thoughts and ideas are expressed. Guest bloggers are also invited to contribute, adding a fresh burst of thinking from experienced and insightful evaluators from around the world.
Recent blog posts have discussed...
Social Enterprise Social hosted by Enterprising Non-Profits
Thursday, December 1st, 5:30-7:30pm
On Thursday, Enterprising Non-Profits (enp) is hosting a Social Enterprise Social featuring the expertise of JDQ Systems. This event will include a workshop on Activity Based Costing by JDQ’s Jon Morris, who will demonstrate how JDQ has assisted four social enterprises in determining their costs and prices using this model.
Join enp and JDQ for an evening of learning, networking, and valuable discussion on business improvement!
Uniting Cross-Sector Actors to End Homelessness in Calgary
In a recent blog post, Learning How to Measure Impact Together, we discussed shared measurement – a growing area of impact measurement that realistically considers that multiple organizations contribute to the same desired community impact. Shared measurement also recognizes that tracking outcomes collectively is smarter and more economic than having every organization prove its impact as if they existed in isolation.
In a recent webinar held by FSG, a US-based non-profit consulting firm, an example of shared measurement systems is presented with a profile of the...
Figuring out what to measure and how to do it
A logic model is a commonly-used tool to explain and illustrate a program within an organization. While a logic model is sometimes referred to as a logical framework, theory of change, or program matrix, the purpose is usually the same: to graphically depict your program, initiative, project or even the sum total of all of your organization’s work. It also serves as a foundation for program planning and evaluation.
The Outcome Indicators Project is a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Center for What Works and serves as...
We’ve all heard and used the term “Gross Domestic Product”, but how about “Index of Wellbeing”? This recently introduced index, based out of the University of Waterloo, has introduced a new way to understand Canada’s economic health. Let’s take a look…
Academics from Canada and around the world have complied research to develop the 64 indicators which are tracked by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, including indicators such as health, living standards and education. The index is intended to be a more comprehensive tool than GDP, tracking a diverse set of factors that affect communities and the Canadian population to ultimately paint a picture of our country’s quality of life.
What are people saying about this new index? Some comment on the fact that the launch of the index coincides quite appropriately with the messages behind the Occupy...
Shared Measurement is a growing area of impact measurement that realistically considers that multiple organizations contribute to the same desired community impact, and tracking outcomes collectively is smarter and more economic than having every organization prove its impact as if they existed in isolation. FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm based in the US, is holding a webinar in early November about shared measurement systems. Vancity Community Foundation’s Bryn Sadownik (Program Manager, Evaluation and Community Impact) participated in an FSG webinar earlier this year and was very inspired.
Webinar date: November 9, 2011
9-10am PT, 11am-Noon CT, Noon-1pm ET
More informaion and registration
Expansion into Canada allows non-profits to harness the potential of mapping and satellite technology to visualize their cause.
Born out of an act of environmental advocacy, the Google Earth Outreach program is enhancing the work of non-profit organizations around the world by providing access to technology to map out their activities and impact. And now, Canada can take part!
Over the past seven years, Google Earth Outreach has provided a tool that enables community groups to tell their stories with free access to mapping and satellite technology. Any registered charity can have access to the technology, which essentially gives non-profits and community organizations “…the...
When you hear the word “impact”, what comes to mind? While your first thoughts may include that kickboxing class you just joined, it is it is also true that the term “impact” is often used loosely to encompass any type of reporting about the social or environmental mission of an organization. In the world of evaluation, this word has a much ‘tighter’ meaning: Impact is the tracking of long-term outcomes, controlling for external influences, or using randomized control trials to prove that the outcomes are attributable to a particular organization’s efforts.
What does this mean in practice? Consider the following example which may seem straight forward, but is more challenging when you get down to the details.
Hypothetical measurement need: A business wants to measure the impact on greenhouse gas emissions of providing discounted solar roof panels.
A Simple Solution? Greenhouse gas emissions...