New Sun Rising Portal

New Sun Rising’s Vibrancy Portal Helps Grassroots Nonprofits Increase Social Impact

Measurement Resources Company moves missions forward by equipping social sector leaders with the data and insights they need to solve complex social problems. In this article, we’re excited to share how Pittsburgh, PA-based New Sun Rising (NSR) is transforming how nonprofits use data to drive their work. We hope that by sharing NSR’s story, others …

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The Order and Frequency of Performance Measurement Initiatives for Social Sector Organizations

Most leaders in the nonprofit space are being asked to be more data-driven by board members and funders, but what does this mean? At a basic level it suggests that the application of data and insights to drive continuous improvement is at the central of determining how the organization approaches decision-making, tracks progress against its …

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6 Reasons Your Organization Should Conduct a Program Evaluation

There are any number of driving forces behind an organization’s decision to conduct a program evaluation, but to get the most out of your resources and the evaluation process, it’s important to determine the ‘whys’ before you get started. To help you accomplish this, we’ve compiled the top six reasons organizations should conduct an evaluation. …

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How High-Performance Management Combats Social Sector Burnout

Social sector professionals often describe their career path as a calling. Whether born out of lived experience, empathy, or the simple desire to be of service to others, passion tends to be the driving force that unites nonprofit and government professionals and their mission-driven organizations. And it is passion that fuels seemingly Herculean feats, even …

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Developing Powerful Survey Questions

10 Tips for Developing Powerful Survey Questions

High-performing nonprofits and government agencies invest significant resources in conducting surveys, among other forms of research, to improve the quality and efficacy of their programs and services. But developing the survey questions can be challenging for professionals entrenched in these organizations, given that they often bring assumptions and biases, and concerns about how the responses …

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Sampling Strategy Blog

Sampling Strategies: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Social service leaders who take a data-driven approach to policy and program development and resource allocation eclipse their peers in terms of driving meaningful social change. What sets these leaders apart is their tenacity when it comes to proactively investigating questions like: are there any significant gaps in services provided; where are there opportunities for …

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Black-led nonprofits

If Minority-led Nonprofits Produce Better Outcomes, Why Aren’t Philanthropic Organizations Doubling Down?

In 2020, Measurement Resources conducted research to compare the disparities across juvenile justice, education, and health systems, related to youth of color in two urban regions. Despite both regions’ established industries and cultural legacy, our research underscored how drastically different youth of color experience life in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, compared to their White …

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6 Steps to Building a More Sustainable Organization

For social sector organizations, your mission, vision and values are the internal forces that guide your work and inspire the innovative application of resources to solve complex social challenges. Your strategic plan builds off these foundational elements, followed by performance measurement, program evaluation and continuous improvements across all of your programs, services, and operational functions. …

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Power of Focus

The Power of Focus: 5 Strategies for Changing the Things You Cannot Accept

If 2020 has accomplished nothing else, it has brought the urgency to address deep cultural wounds and systemic inequities to the collective consciousness. These issues have brought so many of us to the point of near psychic paralysis. As leaders in our communities we need to take a step back, breathe, and get to work. …

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