Topic: Evaluation

Try a New Way to Graph Survey Data in 2015

December 5, 2014
If you’re like me (and you are), as I draw the curtains on 2014 I’m thinking ahead to want I want to accomplish next year. If you’re like me (and you are), the overarching theme of my 2015 resolutions is basically to be more rockstar. Do this with your data by outfitting it in some rockstar gear. In other words, try a new graph type that conveys with way more impact.

Smart Strategies for Using PDFs on Your Site

November 10, 2014
I have some news to share with you: most PDFs on your site don’t get read. Sad but true. The good news is that you’re not alone. World Bank recentlyreleased a report that showed that nearly a third of the reports (in PDF format) on their site were not being downloaded and read. So much effort, so little ROI. You may wonder if PDFs are even worth the trouble. They actually can be, but there are definite pros and cons to using them on your site.

How to Use Website Analytics to Measure “Awareness”

November 6, 2014
I always struggled with the fuzzy goal of “raising awareness” that came along with most of my nonprofit jobs. If a nonprofit raised awareness and no one measured it… did it really happen. The good news is that we can now use a free tool like Google Analytics to identify some markers of increased “awareness”.

Is the New Salesforce Analytics Wave Right for Your Nonprofit?

October 30, 2014
A few weeks ago at the 2014 Dreamforce Conference, Salesforce announced a new analytics tool called Wave. And by announced, I mean with all the expected Dreamforce fanfare, including The Beach Boys crooning “Catch a Wave.”

Evaluating Evaluation: Behind the scenes of NTEN’s new worksheets

October 21, 2014

Evaluating our evaluation. I hear you, it sounds pretty meta. In creating the newly launched series of worksheets supporting data-informed nonprofits, that's exactly what we did. And in evaluating our evaluation process, we found that it was the people and not the data that needed to be addressed further.

Measure what Matters

October 16, 2014
How can nonprofit organizations know what is working, what is not, and what impact they are making? They can achieve this understanding by implementing a realistic and meaningful evaluation system.

Measuring Digital Maturity

October 14, 2014
As digital marketing technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, organizations are making large investments to keep up with new innovations; it’s more important for them than ever to measure the progress and impact of their digital programs. This impact needs to be measured through the lens of the company’s overarching goals and performance. What are the challenges associated with digital maturity measurement? How can nonprofits ensure that they are evaluating the right information in order to be successful with their digital initiatives?

Data Visualizations to Effectively Communicate Impact

October 13, 2014
If you’re like me, you’re crunching numbers on your impact metrics at the last minute, pulling together a report on the fly. There’s no time to meet with a designer. And more importantly, the vast majority of graphic designers do not know enough about data to make a decent graph. So I’m going to teach you four basic tweaks you can make to graphs right inside Excel that will elevate them to rockstar status – tweaks that mix data and design – to best communicate your work’s impact.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Kelly Fitzsimmons on a New Blueprint for Evaluation Plans

October 9, 2014
In a recent guest article, Michael D. Smith described the White House's Social Innovation Fund (SIF), which has developed a new program evaluation guide based on best practices. This Transparency Talk conducted an online interview with Kelly Fitzsimmons of The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) focuses on learning how the new framework provided by the Social Innovation Fund can be adapted for use in assessing foundation program impact.

Are You an “Accidental Evaluator?”

October 7, 2014
Regardless of your personal or organization’s viewpoint on the use of data, you, like many nonprofit professionals, may be asked to serve as an “accidental evaluator:” you may not be trained in evaluation, but you are asked to do it anyway as part of your job.