Measuring Social Impact: some links from Wendy Jeffries ’01

Wendy Jeffries ’01 is Program Manager for International Social Service (U.S. Branch). Her career has focused on international child welfare and protection,  healthy eating and habits for kids, and collecting and using data to design and improve programs of all kinds. Wendy shared the following with me recently, and I am pleased to share it with those of you who are thinking about social metrics and ways to measure your impact.

Wendy says that these are “useful resources and organizations that might be of interest to you and/or students. I can’t vouch for each of them fully but I’ve found them to be helpful in different ways in the past.”

Select Resources Related to Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice

SPECIFIC RESOURCES

Workbook about Conceptualizing How to Use Data to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families
http://tapartnership.org/docs/Putting%20the%20Pieces%20Together.pdf

Brief about the different between Process and Outcome Evaluations http://www.jbassoc.com/reports/documents/understanding%20process%20and%20outcome%20evaluation.pdf

Planning a Program Evaluation
http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/g3658-1.pdf

A Guide to becoming an evidence-based practice
http://www.vera.org/pubs/measuring-success-guide-becoming-an-evidence-based-practice

Actionable Measurement Guide from Gates Foundation
http://www.innonet.org/resources/files/Gates_guide-to-actionable-measurement.pdf

Leap of Reason
http://www.vppartners.org/leapofreason/overview

 USEFUL WEBSITES/ORGANIZATIONS

Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program
http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/apep?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Advocacy%20Planning%20and%20Evaluation%20Program&utm_content= (they have free evaluation tools including a logic model builder under “Tools”)

PerformWell
http://www.performwell.org/

Results Based Accountability (not the best website but a lot of good information – especially their implementation guide and the Book Trying Hard is Not Good Enough is very useful)
http://www.resultsaccountability.com/

http://www.resultsaccountability.com/publications.htm

http://www.raguide.org/

Markets for Good
http://www.marketsforgood.org/

BridgeSpan Group
http://www.bridgespan.org/Home.aspx

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