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In the spirit of helping organizations learn from each other,

we have created this wiki to enable anyone developing a
shared measurement system to add a description

of their system or approach to the list.



Breakthroughs in Shared Outcome and Impact Measurement


Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact, a report released by FSG Social Impact Advisors and funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, highlights the emergence of a new trend in evaluation: The development of innovative systems that enable hundreds or thousands of nonprofit organizations to measure their performance on common indicators and shared evaluation platforms. Recognizing that no single initiative can solve major social problems, these breakthrough approaches move beyond the evaluation of individual grants and grantees, offering ways to increase the effectiveness of the entire system of interrelated organizations that affect complex social issues.


FSG's report, released in July 2009, describes twenty different shared measurement systems already in use, dividing them into three categories:


1. Shared Measurement Platforms: These systems allow organizations to choose from a set of measures within their fields, using web-based tools to inexpensively collect, analyze, and report on their performance or outcomes. Benefits include lower costs and greater efficiency in annual data collection, expert guidance for less sophisticated organizations, and improved credibility and consistency in reporting.


2. Comparative Performance Systems: These systems require all participants within a field to report on the same measures, using identical definitions and methodologies. As a result, users can compare the performance of different organizations and collect reliable field-wide data. Grantees can learn from each other’s performance, funders can make more informed choices, and the field as a whole can more accurately document its scale and influence.


3. Adaptive Learning Systems:  These systems engage a large number of organizations working on different aspects of a single complex issue in an ongoing, facilitated process that establishes comparative performance metrics, coordinates their efforts, and enables them to learn from each other. Benefits include improved alignment of goals among the different organizations, more collaborative problem-solving, and the formation of an ongoing learning community that gradually increases all participants’ effectiveness.


Please share your story of how your organization is using these types of approaches so that we can collectively share this knowledge with the field. We hope that this list will be continually updated and serve as a resource for those interested in developing shared measurement system.

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