Articles & Publications

Success Measures has authored and been featured in articles, publications, and blog posts on community development participatory outcome evaluation.  These resources, which provide more extensive information on our work in the field, are available here for reading or downloading.   
Debra Dahab, Brooke Finn, Lois Greco, Nancy Kopf

The Foundation Review, 2019

Volume 11
Issue 2, Article 12

Jessica Mulcahy and Stephany De Scisciolo
Lois Greco, Maggie Grieve, Ira Goldstein
Jessica Mulcahy, Success Measures
Deborah Visser, Success Measures
Lois W. Greco

The Foundation Review, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2013

Margaret Grieve and Deborah Visser

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Community Development Investment Review: Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2011

Lois W. Greco, Margaret Grieve, and Maggie McCullough

The Foundation Review, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2010

Craig McGarvey

Grantcraft, 2007

Catherine A. Smith

NeighborWorks Bright Ideas, Winter 2006

Jessica Mulcahy, Maggie Grieve, Stephany DeSiscolo, Lindsay Eilers, Bethany Boland, Margaret Scott
NeighborWorks America, 2019
This new report by Enterprise Community Partners and NeighborWorks America shows how an innovative pilot program – the Health Outcomes Demonstration Project – equipped 20 affordable housing and community development organizations to evaluate the health outcomes across a range of programs.
Jessica Mulcahy
Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, 2017
The full set of more than 65 new data collection tools to measure the health-related outcomes of community development activities. The Success Measures Health Outcome Tools will help both community development and community benefit practitioners document and demonstrate the impact of their efforts on individual and community health. The tools measure both primary and secondary data through many formats, such as surveys, observations, interviews and tracking, and focus on traditionally hard to measure areas, such as behaviors, attitudes and influences.
Lauri Valerio, Community Wealth Partners
Grantcraft, a service of Foundation Center, November 2018
New Grantcraft case study highlights Success Measures work with Wells Fargo Regional Foundation
Maggie Grieve, Vice President, Success Measures
Views from the Field, Grantmakers in Health, November 2017 Measuring Health Outcomes: Philanthropy as Catalyst
This essay explores how philanthropy can help lead the way toward healthier communities by supporting health outcome evaluation and the use of new data sources. The lives of children, families, and seniors in vulnerable communities can be enhanced if the right data is used in the right ways.
Jessica Mulcahy, MA; Elsie Achugbue, MCP
Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, March 2016
Following the research and development of more than 60 new tools to measure the health-related outcomes of community development work, Success Measures conducted a field test to assess the validity and reliability of selected survey questions. The multi-phase field test, conducted in English and Spanish with nine diverse organizations throughout the US, focused on the content, number and wording of questions, including cultural context. Methods, findings and conclusions are included in the summary report.
Jessica Mulcahy
Build Healthy Places Blog Post, August 21, 2015
Field testing its new suite of tools measuring the intersection of health and community development work, Success Measures gained valuable insight into the important nuances of asking questions.
Margaret Grieve
What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's Communities Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute, 2014                         
This essay examines the advantages and challenges of using shared measures in community development efforts. Grieve, as one of nearly 50 authors addressing the difficult question of how to improve conditions in distressed communities, explores how nonprofit organizations, intermediaries, and funders apply shared measurement within collective impact strategies and to evaluate a range of programs.
Elsie Achugbue, Eileen Flanagan, Jessica Mulcahy
Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, September 2014
An overview of a three-year effort, supported by the Tides Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies, to assist low-income communities through an asset-based, age-friendly approach. Included are case studies of four diverse communities working to apply the practices of age-friendly communities, as well as Success Measures' evaluation of how the age-friendly communities' agenda is being embedded within the organizations for long-term sustainability.
NeighborWorks® America and Citi Foundation, May 2013
This comprehensive publication documents the Financial Capability Demonstration Project, a national multi-year partnership between Citi Foundation and NeighborWorks America, designed to expand the scope and scale of financial capability programs that support low- and moderate-income families and individuals. Highlights include the findings of the 30 nonprofits across the country who received focused support, training, and coaching services over a two-year period.
Patricia Patrizi and Susan Parker, November 2012
A case study of the comprehensive collaborative evaluation facilitated by Success Measures for the Ford Foundation's Metropolitan Opportunity Unit assessment of its five year initiative to connect people to economic opportunity, expand access to quality housing, and promote innovative land use in nine metropolitan regions across the country.
Jessica Anders
Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, 2011
A detailed account of the collaborative field-building initiative that produced a new set of Success Measures outcome indicators in the area of financial capability. Included for downloading at no cost is a complete set of the resulting financial capability measurement tools for both adults and youth.
Nancy Kopf and Keven Vance
Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, 2011
A summary report on the development and piloting of the Success Measures Community Stabilization Evaluation Framework, including an introduction by Alan Mallach, a leading scholar of community revitalization; highlights of the nine pilot organizations; and examples of the measurement tools now available to the field.
Mark Kramer, Marcie Parkhurst, Lalitha Vaidyanathan
FSG Social Impact Advisors, July 2009
Success Measures' shared measures and data system are featured as examples of how nonprofits can track and share common indicators that increase impact and enhance learning for funders and grantees.
Mark Kramer with Rebecca Graves, Jason Hirschhorn, Leigh Fiske
FSG Social Impact Advisors, April 2007
Highlights emerging approaches to evaluation in the field of philanthropy that enhance the effectiveness of foundations and their grantees.
Lynn Bachelor and Margaret Grieve
NeighborWorks America, January 2006
A complete discussion of the Community Development Storymap project, developed to enhance field understanding of evaluation.