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Caroline Avakian

Founder & CEO - SourceRise, Trickle Up Program

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What can people who work, support or care about the social sector do to help educate others on more effective ways to measure impact?

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.


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  • Mar 28 2013: What evaluation methods are best practices?
    Caroline, I recommend you research easy ways for non-profits to use quantitative technologies for qualitative feedback. I doubt non-profits have difficulty coming up with good survey questions but I have a strong feeling they do not have the skills, time, or money to analyze the data effectively, such as finding correlations. Unfortunately, the local college statistics departments do not advertise their expertise, nor market/sell their profession very well.
    I have read about "clicker" response systems used during focus groups that maximize feedback and information sharing. If the technology were made affordable and the math a matter of plugging in the variables then I think more non-profits would invest in it.

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