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.   

Including the Beneficiary Voice: The Success Measures Experience

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

It is essential to capture the voices of informed community stakeholders and the observed physical changes that are occurring on the ground. As discussed in this essay, it is possible to do systematic, methodologically sound impact measurement that more fully demonstrates what investors want to know: How are people’s lives improving? How are communities changing?
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Paradigm Shift: A Foundation / Grantee Partnership Using Data to Drive Neighborhood Revitalization and Assess Impact

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

Description of how one regional foundation led a partnership to create a participatory outcome evaluation framework for its neighborhood revitalization work, and supported community-based grantee organizations in utilizing the framework to craft and implement neighborhood plans in a 62-county region.
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Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact

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.
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From Insight to Action: New Directions in Foundation Evaluation

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.
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Participatory Action Research: Involving “All the Players” in Evaluation and Change

Grantcraft, 2007

As part of Grantcraft’s series of guides for grantmakers on evaluation techniques, this edition focuses on how to engage all parties in an evaluation, and includes case studies of funders using the participatory approach to evaluate programs.
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New Evaluative Methods: Measuring Your Impact on the Community

NeighborWorks Bright Ideas, Winter 2006

Drawn from symposium discussion of funders and evaluation practitioners, a summary report on how community development evaluation has evolved and why it has become so important to the field.
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Community Development Evaluation Storymap and Legend

NeighborWorks America, January 2006

A complete discussion of the Community Development Storymap project, developed to enhance field understanding of evaluation.
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