Issues & Ideas Tracking impact measurement in social enterprises can come out of the basic process and system development that should naturally occur in any business. I recently advanced this notion at the Social Enterprise World Forum, and have been thinking more about how this should be done. Here are some ideas. Read more
Grounding impact measurement in core business system development
The Technical Corner
Spreadsheets are your friend (really!)
Love it or hate it, spreadsheets are the number one data tracking tool in many community-based organizations. Unless you are, or have a spreadsheet geek on staff, most of us mainly learn enough to get by - perhaps a few functions, the basics of doing formulas, possibly graphs. For most people, entering and tracking data in spreadsheets is easy, but analyzing can be painful. Here is my wisdom learned from decades of spreadsheeting to make your spreadsheet going a bit easier. Read more
DV Resource Highlight
The Value of Farmers' Markets in BC: What We Learned from the Toolkit PilotsWe finished our Farmers’ Market Impact Toolkit and piloted it with 9 farmers markets in the summer of 2012. The toolkit gives farmers market managers the means to collect, analyze and communicate the value that their farmers markets bring to their communities and includes economic, community building, food security, sustainability and market management indicators .See the final version of the toolkit and learn about important value of farmers’ markets based on the pilots. Read more.
Tools Out ThereData Visualization to Change the WorldIn the era of greater data accessibility and new tools, many people are finding fascinating ways to use data to educate, convince and make connections about the social and environmental challenges of our time. Here are 10 interesting tools and visualizations that I've come across that give a sense of the scope and range of the data visualization world out there. Read more