Articles & Publications

Shared Measurement: Advancing Evaluation of Community Development Outcomes

Margaret Grieve

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's Communities
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute, 2014                         

Grieve’s essay, as part of What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's Communities, examines the advantages and challenges of using shared measures in community development efforts. She explores how nonprofit organizations, intermediaries, and funders apply shared measurement within collective impact strategies and to evaluate complex revitalization programs, place-based strategies, and similar programs across differing geographies and populations. Included are questions to help organizations assess the potential fit of a shared measurement approach and some suggested practices and tips for moving forward.