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Changing the World with Measures: Three Initial Steps

“If leaders want to solve rather than just salve big social challenges, they must be humble enough to take a hard look in the mirror and courageous enough to reinvent if they find they’re achieving only incremental gains.”  -Mario Morino, Co-Founder and Chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners and Chairman of the Morino Institute Are you …

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The Six Required Elements to Eliminate Frustration with Organizational Metrics

The majority of nonprofit and government leaders agree that it is critical in today’s environment to have organizational metrics that measure and communicate the organization’s unique story. Yet, knowing something and doing something are two different things. Our Measurement Culture Survey project, which has assessed over 200 nonprofit and government organizations, reveals that only 25% …

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Determining Outcome Measures

Three Simple Steps for Determining Powerful Outcome Measures

Nonprofit leaders realize the importance of having a robust performance and outcome measurement system to demonstrate and communicate their unique impact and value. Yet, they struggle with determining the best measures and how to incorporate these into their daily work. Based on an informal survey of nonprofit leaders1, fifty percent of nonprofit leaders believed that …

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Why Data are Critical for Nonprofits to Win Grants and Increase Funding

Solid impact and outcome measures are often the deciding factor as to which nonprofit and government programs get funded and which ones get left behind. I’ve been teaching organizations how to win grants and increase funding for years, and thought having data was common knowledge throughout the social sector. However, a conversation with my friend Christy Farnbauch …

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Nonprofit and Government Effectiveness: Three Alternative Measures to Administrative Overhead

Social sector organizations are complex. It is difficult and highly irresponsible to try and determine the effectiveness of a government or nonprofit organization with a single measure. Yet, over the years, donors have been trained to use a single measure, administrative overhead, to determine the effectiveness of a charity. Every year this common but flawed …

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Overcoming Barriers to Success: Making Data-Driven Decision-Making Affordable

Great government and nonprofit organizations let go of the excuse that performance and outcome measurement systems are “too expensive.” Instead they ask, “How can we achieve our desired impact and excellence?” Successful leaders find the required time and resources needed to establish data-driven decision-making that fits within their budget and lead the organization to positive …

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Aligning Measurement and Leadership

A common myth is practiced by many organizations. It is that measurement for measurement’s sake will produce the widespread organizational changes needed to achieve high-performance organizations that realize greater impact and excellence. Yes, when implemented correctly, outcome measures will lead to increased revenues, positive press, organizational efficiency, staff morale, and client impact. Yet, too many …

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Planning for Strategic Plan Implementation

Strategic planning is a required and valuable first step activity to help organizations achieve their dreams. Yet, a strategic plan by itself will not get an organization to the desired future vision. Achievements are the result of implementation. Although this seems simple, often organizations overlook the importance of planning to implement. I’ve helped countless nonprofit …

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