WhatWorks is a research-based nonprofit that has extensively partnered with the Urban Institute. The following are key collaborative research initiatives detailed below:
- Sector-Wide Frameworks for Nonprofit Program Outcomes and Indicators for Success
- Pilot Program: Outcome Measures for Out-Of-School Time (OST) Programs
The Center for What Works and The Urban Institute completed the initial phase of research to provide the first sector-wide framework for nonprofit program outcomes and indicators for success. For service providers, the framework assists in identifying and measuring common program outcomes to benchmark and improve. For grant-makers, the frameworks provide a common language to compare grantees. Read about the initial plan in the Nonprofit Times and find the final report and results in the Outcome Indicators Project.
The following are the tools that resulted from this research:
The Center for What Works released two online tools to put current research to use:
- The Outcomes Browser: Navigate through the 14 programs areas and browse their respective outcomes and indicators.
- The Impact Measurement Framework: This tool generates a customized document putting together outcomes and measurable indicators of success applicable to your organization's mission/program impact statement.
Visit the Outcomes Portal to access the free tools or learn more from our Press Release.
Building a Common Outcome Framework to Measure Nonprofit Performance.
This paper describes the rationale for the project and the project components. It also suggests sources for the outcomes and outcome indicators included in the project to date. Read the paper here.
Nonprofit Taxonomy of Outcomes.
A report that provides basic, generic outcomes and performance indicators that can be used for any program. Read the report here.
Outcomes and Performance.
Indicators for 14 Specific Program Areas. These reports apply the Outcome Framework to 14 program areas. For each program, there is a sample mission statement, an outcome sequence chart, a table of candidate program-specific outcomes, and data collection strategies with suggested data sources for each outcome indicator. Click on the program links below to apply to your organization:
Spear-headed by the DC Children and Youth Trust Corporation, WhatWorks and the Urban Institute partnered to lead a six-month outcome measurement pilot for about 30 after-school program grantees in the DC-Metro area.
By Mary Kopczynski Winkler, Carol J. De Vita, Saunji Fyffe, Debra Natenshon
Abstract: Funders and nonprofit leaders are increasingly looking for information that demonstrates the achievements of community-based programs. In this results-oriented environment, the Urban Institute, The Center for What Works, and the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation worked together to create a pilot program that developed and tested a series of outcome measures for out-of-school time (OST) programs. This brief describes the process followed and the results achieved. The pilot demonstrated that OST providers are eager to learn how to better manage their programs, keep young people engaged, and demonstrate their accomplishments. The challenge is to expand this work to all OST programs in the District and beyond. Click here to read full publication.
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||This pilot helped us organize our data efficiently and helped us think through appropriate “indicators” to focus on. Also, having this reporting template is tremendously useful for us as we continue to refine and strengthen our evaluation tools.
- Pilot Participant