In a recent post in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Jason Saul of Mission Measurement described the importance of standardized outcomes when considering the effects of socially-focused programs.
The major takeaway? We can’t compare the efficiency of 100 nonprofits — each with a different model — attempting to improve, say, school performance. Without an apples-to-apples comparison model, how can we identify which nonprofits are having the greatest impact?
In its 2011 white paper co-published with Starbucks, Mission Measurement attempted to create a standardized methodology for evaluating the effectiveness of employee engagement campaigns and employee volunteerism. Read the white paper here, or check out the post at the Stanford Social Innovation Review.