January/February Book Club PIck - Measuring The Networked Nonprofit

Posted 4 years ago at 10:31 am

Hello, Forum members! This is our January/February discussion thread for the Forum's Social Change Book Club.

This period’s pick is Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine (Purchase links at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)

In this thread, we welcome you to share:

  • your thoughts, reflections, and questions about Measuring the Networked Nonprofit and/or
  • about your thoughts relating to communicating about your work with your stakeholders. What methods have you found the powerful?

For each person who shares their thoughts and reflections related to Measuring the Networked Nonprofit or about what you've learned related to communicating about your work, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free ebook of the March/April selection The Heart of Social Change: How to Make a Difference in Your World. The drawing for the next book will be done on February 29.

Please join us over this month and next to discuss Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. We'd love to hear what you think


Jeanne Hutchins

partner organization

I must admit I plodded through the first half of this book and will need to set aside some time to finish.  My first reaction is that I have a lot to learn about this new world of social interaction and where will I ever find the time.

Submitted by Jeanne Hutchins on Wed, 2016-02-24 09:48

We recently held a meeting in Nairobi on the value of collective impact.    Our grass rots leaders on teh ground are already quite resourceful in connecting with each other and helping, and nurturing each other. I also found that they are willing to share their contacts and resources quite freely with others who are trying to improve their communities. This was humbling to see and somewhat surprised me as they come from areas of scarce resources.

Where i struggle with is a starting point for them to start to gather data. Many of them are in areas where there is no computer, limited electrcity, no connectivity and transportation is generally diffuclt, time consuming and infrequent.  They certainly are making an impact in their society. Where does one start in measuring collective impact? And what is a reasonable measurement in such situations? Is it just the direct impact they have, even though they have indirect impact? If anyone is sucessful in gathering collective impact data in such areas, i would love to get your insight and advice.


Submitted by Radha Raj on Wed, 2016-02-24 09:58

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