As we’ve all heard many times in recent months, funders are looking for outcomes. But if your organization’s idea of outcomes measurement is to scramble for data at the end of the year, then you are going to have a hard time meeting funder requirements. Nonprofit outcomes management is an important skill for today’s social service organizations to master.
Keep reading to find out exactly how to measure outcomes of a program and get tips for applying these strategies to your organization’s processes.
We’ve talked a lot about outcomes measurement for your organization in general, but we haven’t yet specifically talked about how to measure the outcomes of a program. While the process scales pretty well, there are some specific things you should keep in mind when evaluating specific programs.
Having the right software tools in place can significantly ease the process of outcomes reporting. However, even the best software tool requires a certain amount of forethought and planning.
If you don’t already have a software solution in place for tracking outcomes, this should be one of the first things your organization addresses. Getting organized and effectively implementing an outcomes measurement strategy for your programs is crucial.
Here are some of the ways that Efforts to Outcomes software can offer as you learn how to measure the outcomes of a program:
As you can see, learning how to measure outcomes of a program is an invaluable skill for any social service administrator. It’s a fairly involved but also critical process in ensuring your organization’s success.
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