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.   

Shared Measurement: Advancing Evaluation of Community Development Outcomes

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 how to evaluate a range of programs.
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Evaluating Community Stabilization Efforts at the Neighborhood Level: A NeighborWorks Pilot with Success Measures

Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, 2011

A summary report on the development and piloting of the Success Measures Community Stabilization Evaluation Framework, with an introduction by Alan Mallach. Included are highlights of the nine pilot organizations; and examples of the measurement tools now available to the field.
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Advancing Common Ways to Evaluate Health-related Outcomes of Community Development Activities

Build Healthy Places Blog Post, January 6, 2015

As cross-sector collaboration at the intersection of health and community development increased, this blog post discussed Success Measures' work to develop a set of data collection tools to evaluate the health-related outcomes of community development work.
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Scaling Financial Coaching: Critical Lessons and Effective Practices

 

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. Includes the findings of 30 nonprofits who received support, training, and coaching over two years.
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Working Toward Collaborative Learning: Evaluation of the Ford Foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunity Unit Strategy

A case study of the collaborative evaluation facilitated by Success Measures for the Ford Foundation's Metropolitan Opportunity Unit's 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.
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Measuring Outcomes of Financial Capability Programs: Success Measures Tools for Practitioners

Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, 2011

Provides access to the 100+ Success Measures Financial Capability Measurement Tools and discusses the collaborative field-building initiative that resulted in the new set of tools.
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Age-Friendly Communities - USA Project Report

Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, September 2014

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. Includes 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.
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Investing in Community Change: An Evaluation of a Decade of Data-Driven Grantmaking

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.
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Incorporating Beneficiary Insights: Community Development Rises to the Challenge

Markets for Good Blog Post, January 28, 2013

As part of the examination of beneficiary feedback in the social sector, this post notes the movement of data in community development work, particularly how data from beneficiaries is being aggregated and incorporated into the work of improving communities and changing lives. Examples highlight the importance and feasibility of integrating community voice into community development grantmaking and programming, including Success Measures outcome evaluation services and technology.
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Communicating, Collaborating, and Coordinating to Revitalize New Jersey Neighborhoods

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

As part of a journal edition focusing on cross-sector collaborations, this article discusses the collaborative neighborhood revitalization work taking place in New Jersey funded by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program, and supported by the Housing and Community Development Network.
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