SECTION 4: MEASURING PROGRESS & EVALUATING IMPACT

Implementing Outcomes and Evaluation Strategies to Inform Collaborative Work

These resources and tools support collaborations in tracking their progress and developing a feedback loop to allow results and evaluation to inform collaborative strategies and shared activities.

Tools:

  1. A Brief Introduction to Evaluation – This resource outlines and describes several components of evaluation, including defining evaluation, standards and principles of evaluation, logic models and designing evaluation.
  2. Achieving Results Resource Guide – This set of resources offers guidance and tools to assist in reporting desired results, indicators and performance measures of collaborative work. Tool content covers mapping results/goals against the measurement, or indicator, that will show progress on the goal; aligning goals, measurement and performance targets; ranking strategies by effectiveness; and linking the progress on local efforts to state indicators.
  3. Evaluating Collective Impact – This resource in presentation form provides information on the differences between evaluating a collective impact initiative and embedding shared measurement into the work of the initiative. The content offers sample indicators for measuring aspects of a collective impact approach.
  4. Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact: Supplement - This tool offers guidance on selecting the questions, outcomes, and indicators that an initiative’s evaluation may focus on. The guide provides a set of sample evaluation questions, outcomes, and indicators that collective impact partners may consider when selecting early indicators of progress or planning for an evaluation.
  5. Purposeful Partnerships in the Community Interest – This flow chart discerns if the community interest are included in the overall partnership’s efforts.
  6. Logic Model Worksheet – This resource includes an overview of the components of a logic model and a tool for completing a logic model.
  7. Evaluation Report Outline – This report is a detailed guide of what to include in each section of a formal written evaluation.
  8. Community Level Samples
    1. Theory of Change – This community sample graphically shows a theory of change in one community.
    2. Outcomes and Benchmarks – This community sample demonstrates an approach for messaging the collaboration’s outcomes and benchmarks with linkage to key strategies of the work.