You can take control of the data you collect and how to communicate the value of your organization. As leaders of social purpose organizations, not only is it critical for you to measure and monitor the things that will help your organization to flourish, you must also communicate the progress you're making towards your mission to funders and community members. Many want 'real time updates', alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specific data compatibility, and any number of other requirements.
Participants will learn how to:
- Use the Demonstrating Value workbook to help guide you to achieve the five essential practices for effective impact measurement as defined by the Common Approach
- Create an Information Map of goals, indicators, and data sources as a first step in their evaluation plan
- Create a Data Development Plan setting realistic priorities for data collection, management and analysis
- Create a draft Performance Snapshot to display key data points
Please note: No prior experience with evaluation is required, but you should be able to describe what you do and why it matters. Participants should have an existing organization to be the subject of the workshop exercises—it's not a suitable workshop for a 'pre-launch' or ‘idea-stage’ endeavour.
Ideal participants are:
--- CEOs / Executive Directors and/or staff persons responsible for impact measurement, management and reporting, and/or communications.
--- Nonprofit funders who require social impact reports from their grantees.
--- Better still, 1. and 2. come as a pair—funder and funded organization together. Demonstrating Value was developed as the reporting tool used by grantees in Vancity Community Foundation's very successful social enterprise portfolio program, and is popular with grantees and grantmakers alike because of the way it helps them have productive conversations about outcomes that matter.