TOOL KIT
March 03, 2015

The Basics of Measurement: Start Here

Measurement matters in the nonprofit world, perhaps more than ever. A heartwarming story may pull folks in, but institutional funders and even many individual donors increasingly demand hard evidence that your organization is making a difference.

That impulse is especially strong among young philanthropists, particularly those with a tech or science background.

“They’ve been around data all the time,” says Paul Niehaus, a professor at the University of California at San Diego and co-founder of the nonprofit GiveDirectly. “They’re used to running A/B tests on their websites.”

As the tech community becomes a larger engine of philanthropy, you can bet the clamor for measurement will only grow louder.

Article
March 08, 2017

How to Use Data to Boost Giving

Tell a story, and present information that matters to donors in a format that’s easy to understand.

Article
March 04, 2015

Questions to Answer Before You Start Measuring Your Programs

Experts provide advice as your nonprofit sets out to evaluate its work.

Article
February 27, 2015

Two Types of Evaluations

Process evaluations measure how well an organization provides its services, while impact evaluations assess whether programs make a difference.

Article
February 27, 2015

Who Does the Measuring?

Nonprofits can rely on evaluation firms, academics, or in-house researchers, but there are pros and cons to each option.

Article
February 27, 2015

So, What Is a Randomized, Controlled Trial?

The rigorous evaluations are getting a lot of attention in the nonprofit world, but some experts are pushing back.

Article
February 27, 2015

Where to Start if Your Organization is New to Measurement

Nonprofits must start by defining what they want to achieve. They may also want to create a logic model.

Article
March 03, 2015

What Charity Watchdogs Look For

How some of the nonprofit world’s watchdogs come to their conclusions, and what they recommend nonprofits do—and not do—to measure their performance.

Background Paper
March 01, 2015

An Evidence Framework to Improve Nonprofit Program Results

Learn five ways your organization can generate better data-based evidence of the effectiveness of its programs.

Article
February 25, 2015

Reducing Youth Violence: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

A low-cost randomized, controlled trial of a youth-violence prevention program helped it win more than $8-million in grants.

Article
February 26, 2015

How D.C. Central Kitchen Improved its Evaluation Process

By purchasing new software, developing a measurement culture, and hiring new staff members, the nonprofit was able to centralize its data and collect better information from participants.

Video
February 27, 2015

The Importance of Measuring Impact

Esther Wang of IDinsight discusses how rigorous evaluation can help determine which programs are most effective.

Template
February 27, 2015

A Template to Show Results by Mapping Out How You Got There

This form helps you show what resources you have, how you've used them in programs, and the change that resulted.