Archive for November, 2011

Business Improvement with JDQ Systems

November 30, 2011

Social Enterprise Social hosted by Enterprising Non-Profits

Thursday, December 1st, 5:30-7:30pm

On Thursday, Enterprising Non-Profits (enp) is hosting a Social Enterprise Social featuring the expertise of JDQ Systems. This event will include a workshop on Activity-Based Costing by JDQ’s Jon Morris, who will demonstrate how JDQ has assisted four social enterprises in determining their costs and prices using this model.

Join enp and JDQ for an evening of learning, networking, and valuable discussion on business improvement!

For more information and to register, visit the enp website.



Shared Measurement and the Calgary Homeless Foundation

November 21, 2011

Uniting Cross-Sector Actors to End Homelessness in Calgary

In a recent blog post, Learning How to Measure Impact Together, we discussed shared measurement – a growing area of impact measurement that realistically considers that multiple organizations contribute to the same desired community impact. Shared measurement also recognizes that tracking outcomes collectively is smarter and more economic than having every organization prove its impact as if they existed in isolation.

In a recent webinar held by FSG, a US-based non-profit consulting firm, an example of shared measurement systems is presented with a profile of the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF). (more…)

Logic Models & the Outcome Indicators Project

November 16, 2011

Figuring out what to measure and how to do it

Source: Program Development and Evaluation (University of Wisconsin – Extension)

A logic model is a commonly-used tool to explain and illustrate a program within an organization. While a logic model is sometimes referred to as a logical framework, theory of change, or program matrix, the purpose is usually the same: to graphically depict your program, initiative, project or even the sum total of all of your organization’s work. It also serves as a foundation for program planning and evaluation.[1]

The Outcome Indicators Project is a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Center for What Works and serves as a useful starting point for work around logic models. Providing a framework for tracking the performance of non-profit organizations, the Project proposes candidate outcomes and outcome indicators. Ultimately, the Project aims to help organizations develop new processes for outcome monitoring or improve their existing systems. (more…)