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How to Measure Outcomes of a Program

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.
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3 Simple Steps to Effective Nonprofit Performance Measurement

Nonprofit Performance MeasurementWith funds low and demand for services high, many nonprofit administrators may feel as though they don’t have time for proper nonprofit performance measurement. But the importance of creating a carefully crafted strategy should not be underestimated, even when it feels like your organization is struggling just to keep its proverbial head above water.

With the right tools, your organization can free up resources by investing just a little bit of time and focus on your nonprofit performance measurement processes. read more

What You Should Know About Creating Annual Reports for Non Profits

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It seems like every day we are hearing more and more news stories about the need for increased accountability among nonprofits, and most nonprofit administrators are starting to feel added pressure from so many watchdogs.

Annual reports for nonprofits are an important tool in helping keep the lines of communication open between administrators and funders and can also help nonprofit leaders stay focused on their organization’s objectives. As more donors and funders expect a nonprofit to be run more like a business, the significance of the annual report increases.

Are you a nonprofit organization? Download our free Annual Report Template to use as a map to begin drafting an impactful annual report for your organization.

Keep reading to find out how you can utilize annual reports for nonprofits to improve communication, meet reporting requirements and more. read more

Three Keys to Improving Your Program Effectiveness Evaluation

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In case you haven’t noticed, we spend a lot of time focusing on outcomes around here, and with good reason. Times are changing, and funders are looking for proof that their funds are creating the change they were intended to foster. But even if your organization is already on board with an evidence-based approach to program effectiveness evaluation, there is always room for improvement.

Keep reading to find out some techniques your organization can use to make enhance your program effectiveness evaluation and ensure that your funders like what they see. read more

The Current State of the Social Service Delivery System

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The effectiveness of social services may not actually be controlled by the social service organizations.

That may sound ludicrous, but it also may be true.

Social services are dependent upon a social service delivery system which is largely defined by public social policy, and unfortunately, current policy may not line up with effective service delivery.

Keep reading to learn about current policies affecting the social service delivery system and how it can be improved.
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