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.   
Lois Greco, Maggie Grieve, Ira Goldstein

The Foundation Review, Vol. 7, Issue 3, 2015 

As part of an issue focused on place-based philanthropy, this article discusses Success Measures and The Reinvestment Fund's joint evaluation of the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation's ten years of grantmaking and related programs in low-income communities in eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. The findings, following the examination of 140 grants designed to improve the quality of life for families and children in the region, helped the foundation reaffirm its mission, revise some programmatic components, and contributed to its new strategic plan

Lois W. Greco

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

Jessica Mulcahy, Success Measures
Deborah Visser, Success Measures
Margaret Grieve and Deborah Visser

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

Catherine A. Smith

NeighborWorks Bright Ideas, Winter 2006

Lois W. Greco, Margaret Grieve, and Maggie McCullough

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

Craig McGarvey

Grantcraft, 2007

Jessica Mulcahy and Stephany De Scisciolo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.