By Adam Naftalin-Kelman and Beth Cousens So, you run a program, and your colleagues ask you the next morning, How did it go? What do you answer? We wager that most of us give the following answers, in the following order: We got more people than we thought we would. The energy in the room felt good. The food worked well. The speaker did what we asked. No one complained! Not even Mr and Mrs Kvetcher, who always have something … [Read more...] about A Case and Call for Impact Evaluation – Even in Jewish Experiences
I suspect that most readers will not be surprised to learn that I am pleased to see that we in the blogosphere are beginning to see some of my fellow philanthropy bloggers plead for a more balanced and reasonable view of effectiveness measures for non profit success. For the last few years, most of the noise has been from those who push for ever more sophisticated metrics, outcome measures, effectiveness indices, ratios, and the like. While … [Read more...] about The Outcome Debate Continues
With release of its inaugural set of research reports, Root Cause has unveiled a new and unprecedented way to help nonprofit donors, financial advisors and government decide how to invest in nonprofits with high impact. The first report in the new model synthesizes the most current national research on school readiness programs for at-risk children, and then names 21 high-performing organizations in Massachusetts. The analysts say the new … [Read more...] about New Model for Maximizing Impact
by Jonathan Woocher The dawn of a new decade has brought with it a flurry of retrospectives assessing the first ten years of the 21st century. Clearly, there's been much to cause discouragement, anxiety, and concern. But, as we at JESNA look back on the past decade in Jewish education, we also find much to celebrate. In fact, it's been a pretty good decade for Jewish learning, not without its challenges and disappointments, but one marked by … [Read more...] about JESNA’S Pick for the Best in Jewish Education of the Decade
from the Stanford Social Innovation Review: Ten Nonprofit Funding Models Money is a constant topic of conversation among nonprofit leaders: How much do we need? Where can we find it? Why isn’t there more of it? In tough economic times, these types of questions become more frequent and pressing. Unfortunately, the answers are not readily available. That’s because nonprofit leaders are much more sophisticated about creating programs than they … [Read more...] about Do You Have a Funding Model?