Evidence-based practices serve to support your organization’s programs with real-life data. Tracking life-changing data and assessing it often helps organizations understand the impact they are having on their communities. Having data at their fingertips gives organizations the power to turn information into actionable knowledge, which turns into better outcomes.
More organizations have turned to having actionable knowledge by implementing evidence-based practices (EBP) into their operations. Evidence-based practices rest on the idea that by effectively measuring data and assessing the outcomes presented by that data, organizations can make informed decisions that can be easily replicated to create lasting impact.
Since many organizations have limited time and resources available to them, it’s easy to see how evidence-based practices and, along with them, evidence-based forms (EBF), the forms organizations use to capture evidence-based practices, can be crucial to use. EBPs are proven to work through a long testing period, so nonprofits won’t have to that a risk on a method that might not work for them.
There are several other benefits to using evidence-based practices and forms, including:
Simplifying Case Management
Evidence-based forms allow case workers and program managers to capture the important information they need to make informed decisions. Having this data on-hand can create bigger impacts on their communities and make it easier to track what matters. EBFs demonstrate how individual clients are progressing through their service delivery and can help identify where certain programs may be falling short. Case workers can them compare a client’s progress against a standard outcome to gain insight into that client’s needs and adjust if necessary.
Qualify for More Funding
When government agencies and funders clearly see how your nonprofit is impacting the people you serve, they will be more likely to offer monetary support. Government agencies and foundations have established several conditions for funding that require collecting and reporting on data to create a full picture on your nonprofit’s outcomes. Reporting requirements have increased in the past five years and they are forecasted to increase in the future. With evidence-based practices and forms in place, your nonprofit can prove your impact against projected outcomes.
EBFs are Proven to Work
Evidence-based forms are used across a variety of different industries and nonprofit verticals to track important client information. Some EBFs are even tailored to certain areas, fields, or verticals, allowing for easy application across a wide array of sectors and verticals. Evidence-based practices and forms have worked time and time again to help decision-makers create more effective programs for their clients because it has been thoroughly tested and proven to result in life-changing outcomes.
Overall, evidence-based forms allow nonprofits to streamline their data management and do more of what they are best at – transforming lives and communities.