Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 49

Measurement Wisdom for Nonprofits from Bill Gates

Measurement

Last week, Bill Gates’ 2013 Annual Letter highlighted the power of data and measurement to help lift the world’s most needy up from poverty.     I heard about it from several tweets asking me if he had read “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit” and colleague, Marion Conway, wrote a great summary of the letter which was also available in an interactive format on the web.… Read More

Liberating Nonprofit Data for Greater Impact

Measurement

Note from Beth: In a report entitled Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data, authors Beth Novek and Daniel Goroff address the challenges of obtaining better, more usable data on the nonprofit sector to match the field’s growing importance. Information found in Form 990s, like other important data collected by governments, could potentially be far more useful if it were not only public but ‘open’ data.  

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How ACLU NJ Defines Social Media Success: The First Important Measurement Step

Measurement

When nonprofits started to read and apply our book,  ”Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,”  I noticed this tweet from the ACLU in NJ showing a white board capturing their team meetings to define success for social media.   I followed up with Eliza Straim (Communications Associate) and Katie Wang (Communications Director) to learn more about how they went about this first very important first step for measuring social media – defining results.… Read More

Why I Use Pen and Paper Notebooks AND Digital Tools To Take Notes

Creativity

My colleague, Alexandra Samuel, wrote a provocative post on the HBR blog titled, “Dear Colleague, Put Down Your Notebook” where she makes an argument for switching to digital note taking tools like Evernote is more efficient than taking notes on paper.… Read More

How To Make Content Creation More Efficient: Use An Idea Dashboard

Content

Been thinking a lot  about of the work processes around creating content and measuring its against outcomes this week.    One idea that came up in my post earlier this week about creating and measuring content, was the concept of an idea dashboard.    … Read More