Strategy Triage Tool
Many small and medium-sized nonprofits simply don’t have the bandwidth to do everything they want. This tool includes a worksheet and instructions for how to facilitate a group discussion to examine your resources and determine your organization’s realistic top priorities.
Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity
These three guides are easy-to-use resources that help evaluators integrate racial equity principles into their daily work. Each guide includes meaningful definitions, innovative models, real-life case studies, and reflective learning exercises.
For purpose-driven organizations, data means more than just numbers and graphs–it is about understanding what more you can do to change lives and strengthen communities. The Data Playbook, from Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, provides the building blocks you need to put data to work for your mission through a measured approach to understanding and telling stories of impact.
Actionable Measurement Guide
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Guide to Actionable Measurement is driven by three basic principles: 1) Measurement should be designed with a purpose in mind — to inform decisions and/or actions; 2) Do not measure everything but strive to measure what matters most; 3) Because the foundation’s work is organized by strategies, the data we gather help us learn and adapt our initiatives and approaches. This guide includes a results matrix, definitions of terms in our results hierarchy, and a set of measurement guidelines intended to shape internal decisions about depth, breadth, and rigor of measurement across grants and within strategies. The guide also highlights the good practices they aspire to follow to be good stewards and not increase the reporting burden faced by our grantees or distract from their work.
Design Your Visualization
The Data Playbook section on communicating results breaks down tips on how to design your data visualization to tell a powerful story.