Tools and Resources for Assessing Impact
Posted by Allison Fine on September 27, 2010
The Foundation Center launched a new area on its website of tools and resources for assessing impact. More good stuff coming from the Center, which also recently launched Glasspockets, an area dedicated to foundations and transparency.
The area dedicated to assessing impact is a really great resource, a long needed resource, for nonprofits. It’s a very robust database, search able by, among other things issue area, assessment goals, the type of organization being assessed and/ or tool type. It’s a very clear, straightforward layout, with terms defined and great trasnparency as to why tools were selected and how they are best used. The number of tools will continue to grow, presumably, making the searchability even more important.
There are a few ways I’d love to see this resource grow and develop. First, it needs to move from a database to a conversation. In addition to a static feedback page, there is a nascent community with a forum and blog that will need a lot of network weaving by the Foundation Center to really fly. I’d also like to see users grade the tools Yelp-style. I’d also like to see more nonprofit practitioners involved in the selection process. This area was designed by McKinsey, and the expert panel is chock full of academics, all smart folks, of course. However, it would add great value to the utility of the tools if nonprofit practitioners and evaluators were included in the braintrust. In other words, let’s invite the crowd!
It’s a great beginning, I’m looking forward to watching this unfold.
(The Foundation Center is using the unfortunate acronym of TRASI for this effort, hmmm, not really catchy, IMO)
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