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.

  • Reflections on Evaluating Creative Community Development

    Success Measures at NeighborWorks America and Americans for the Arts, 2020
    Highlights the high-level learning generated through the Success Measures – Americans for the Arts initiative which gathered input from both community development and arts practitioners on new and modified evaluation tools focused on the nexus of the two fields. Read More
  • Success Measures Creative Community Development Evaluation Tools

    Success Measures at NeighborWorks America, 2020
    Presents 15 data collection tools—including surveys, observations and creative methods—developed by Success Measures for community development and arts and culture practitioners to collect primary data for evaluating outcomes of creative community development work. Read More
  • On the Path to Health Equity: Building Capacity to Measure Health Outcomes in Community Development

    NeighborWorks America, 2019
    Comprehensive report by Enterprise Community Partners and NeighborWorks America shows how an innovative two-year 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, and what they learned in the process. Read More
  • Measuring Health Outcomes: Success Measures Evaluation Tools for Community Development and Health

    Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, 2017
    More than 65 data collection tools available at no cost in PDF format to measure the health-related outcomes of community development activities. The Success Measures Health Outcome Tools 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 surveys, observations, interviews and tracking, and focus on traditionally hard to measure areas, such as behaviors, attitudes and influences. Read More
  • Evaluating a Program’s Health Outcomes

    Shelterforce
    Feature story in Shelterforce magazine about how the two-year national Health Outcomes Demonstration Project, jointly managed by Success Measures and Enterprise Community Partners, helped organizations across the country evaluate the health outcomes of their programs and activities. Read More
  • Building Knowledge About Health Outcomes Tools

    The Build Health Challenge Blog, May 12, 2020
    Read The Build Health Challenge takeaways about what organizations who used the Success Measures Health Outcomes Evaluation Tools can learn and understand about how their programs are making a difference in residents' lives. Read More
  • Learning About Neighborhood Change Through Funder-Grantee Collaboration

    The Foundation Review, 2019 Volume 11 Issue 2, Article 12
    Read how NeighborWorks America and the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation emphasize resident voice and Success Measures' role as technical assistance partner. Read More
  • Community-Led Change: How the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation Builds the Capacity of Nonprofits and Communities to Shape Neighborhoods Together

    Grantcraft, a service of Foundation Center, November 2018
    Grantcraft case study highlights Success Measures work with Wells Fargo Regional Foundation Read More
  • Measuring Resident Health Outcomes in Affordable Housing

    Build Healthy Places Network Blog, January 8, 2019
    Mulcahy of Success Measures at NeighborWorks America and De Scisciolo of Enterprise Community Partners discuss their joint development of the Healthy Housing Outcomes Survey that will enable users to measure changes in resident health outcomes most likely to be influenced by healthy housing development. Read More
  • Measuring Health Outcomes: Philanthropy as Catalyst

    Views from the Field, Grantmakers in Health, November 2017
    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. Read More