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Correlational Analysis Part 2: Two Tails and Noise Reduction

Correlational Analysis Part 2: Two Tails and Noise Reduction In an earlier post, we looked at using correlational analysis and Pearson’s Coefficient as statistical tools for predicting outcomes. As part of your performance management process, correlational analysis can help you predict the best likelihood for success based on past activities and even …

Correlational Analysis Part 1: Guide to Building on Success

Measuring the impact of social services comes down to two (not so simple) words: correlational analysis. Correlational analysis is a mathematical way of looking at actions and results, then determining how well they’re related.  Those relationships can then be used to predict future results based on those same actions. It’s an analytic tool frequently …

Where Have All the Referrals Gone? Salvaging a Valuable Data Resource

One of the most challenging aspects of social services is keeping track of participant referrals. Often, it’s very nearly impossible, and that’s unfortunate. Most participants who slip beyond your “radar” take with them the possibility of collecting valuable information about their progress (or obstacles to progress) – information that can …

Key Features of Performance Management Software for Workforce Development Pay-For-Success Initiatives

Budget-tightening and program accountability are trends in government funded programs that no agency or organization can afford to ignore. These trends have made “pay for success” initiatives an increasingly attractive funding model for a variety of publically funded initiatives and programs. Pay-for-success is just what the name implies; also known …

Community Impact: The New Standard for Measuring Social Services

How do you measure the effectiveness of the services your organization provides? As accountability takes on more importance for social service agencies, the standard for measuring what your services have accomplished – and how efficiently they were delivered – is becoming more critical for agencies, regulatory boards, and potential investors. The …

Measuring Impact and Effectiveness: The Roles of Dashboards and Scorecards

The automated reporting and analysis functions found in performance management systems enhance the capability of social service agencies to track the success of their programs. These functions also provide the data-based guidance that agencies can rely on to adjust practices and resources as needed. To make those adjustments with insight and confidence …

Turning Measurement into Effectiveness: The Power of Forecasting

The ability to project the effectiveness of your workforce development or other social services programs is crucial. Aside from resource planning purposes, these programs find themselves under scrutiny from federal and state regulatory bodies and potential investors (for social impact bonds).  Forecasting gives you the ability to project your results …

Critical Features of Performance Management Software for WIA: Course Correction

For organizations accepting funding through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and state agencies overseeing WIA distributions, performance management is a key component to success. Because all data collection and workforce reporting systems have different features, though, some are better suited for WIA-related initiatives than others. In our ongoing …

Critical Features of Performance Management Software for WIA: Data Sharing/Interoperability

For organizations accepting funding through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and state agencies overseeing WIA distributions, performance management is a key component to success. Because all data collection and workforce reporting systems have different features, some are better suited for WIA-related initiatives than others. In our ongoing 6-part …

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