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Warming Up to Outcomes Measurement: A Big Picture Approach to Measuring What Matters - Hosted by Philanthropy Massachusetts

Outcomes Measurement is a very broad term and ultimately does not have a widely shared industry standard.  To fully encompass the history, vocabulary, theory and strategy surrounding Outcomes Measurement, a full three day workshop, if not an entire semester of classes would be needed.

The goal of this hands-on workshop is to share some practical tools and approaches that you can apply to your organization’s current approach to logic models, theories of change or evaluation planning. 

Defining good program and organizational outcomes is an essential skill that helps organizations strategize and tell the story of how they are making a difference.  It is also a skill that is linked to program monitoring, assessment and organizational learning. 

While the fast-paced workshop is designed as an introduction for nonprofit staff that may be new to outcomes measurement, we also hope to challenge seasoned professionals to think about how they partner with their staff, constituents, and communities to evaluate impact in ways that are more participatory and fun.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between outcomes measurement and logic models, theories of change, program planning, and grant writing

  • Identify appropriate data sources and data collection strategies for program assessment

  • Use outcome data to create performance dashboards and prepare impact reports

  • Utilize a big picture approach to thinking about Outcomes Measurement