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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Broader Evidence for Bigger Impact

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

 
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Climate Science as Culture War

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

 
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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