Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change


Measuring Social Impact


Innovative ways to measure the impact that an organization has on society


Clear Measurement Counts

A commitment to impact evaluation is the mark of a nonprofit organization that takes its work seriously.


A Better Board Will Make You Better

High-performing nonprofits benefit from having a board of directors that functions as more than a rubber stamp.


Programs Aren’t Everything

The evaluation of nonprofit outcomes shouldn't focus exclusively on programmatic activity. Here's a look at what it means to take frontline work seriously.


Advocacy Isn’t “Soft”

Evaluating efforts to promote shifts in policy requires methods that are at once rigorous and flexible.


Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service

Civic Work, Civic Lessons discusses the importance of engaging in public service, especially for younger people.

By Thomas Ehrlich & Ernestine Fu

Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries

The views of those who benefit from social programs offers insight into a program's effectiveness.


Elusive Effectiveness

A look at how to examine the effectiveness of community advocacy and representation.


Broader Evidence for Bigger Impact

Defining credible evidence has polarized into two camps that must be brought together to tackle social problems effectively.


Climate Science as Culture War

The public debate around climate change is no longer about science—it’s about values, culture, and ideology.


Roundtable on Collective Impact

A discussion of the ways in which growing numbers of communities are aligning resources and pulling together to create significant change on a community problem.

By Eric Nee & Michele Jolin | Fall 2012