We talk a great deal about driving impact and proving that our clients create positive outcomes in their communities with data to back them up. But how do you actually go from providing services to demonstrating outcomes? Measuring how many participants served is all well and good – and should certainly be done – but did you make a difference further than that? Are their lives better or more manageable? Are their children’s lives impacted positively? Is your community prospering because of your program’s success? read more
Data is a crucial part of telling your organization’s story and proving outcomes. Stakeholders and service recipients alike demand transparency and evidence that programs positively impact both individuals and communities. Is your organization one of thousands of agencies in the process of building (or rebuilding) an effective data collection and reporting infrastructure? Or are you one of the tens of thousands who recognize the need to prove program outcomes, but you’re not sure where to start? read more
As a nonprofit, you want to be focused on delivering mission to your constituents, not on reporting. However, reporting on the work you do is critical for understanding the outcomes of your efforts, as well as for telling the story of those outcomes to funders. read more
How does your organization use nonprofit technology? Is it used for client intake, program attendance, services delivered, etc.? And how does your software perform those functions? Whether you use manual processes like Excel spreadsheets or a cloud-based software, your organization, there needs to be functionality in place that to drive your mission forward.
Along with that, it’s important that your organization uses it to collect and report on client data to provide services and prove impact. The technology you use should be advancing your mission and delivering more services to your constituents.
This begs the question: is your current technology doing enough to maximize your impact? If you’re unsure, consider these three criteria for what nonprofit technology should be doing for your organization.