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GtD Measuring Impact

“Measuring Impact” Podcast

It was a great pleasure to sit down with Dolph Goldenburg from the Successful Non-Profits consultancy to discuss how to measure impact.

Dolph really got me thinking about why it is important for non-profits to measure their impact, and how to overcome anxieties over data and their analyses. For me it is about using data to tell the story of the impacts that non-profits are achieving. In the course of our discussion I referenced some our clients that GtD has worked with here in Atlanta, and of finding the right data to measure what is important to our them. If you would like to learn more, then have listen to our discussion on the Successful Non-Profit’s podcast page.

Getting Data for the Common Good

Getting the Data for the Common Good

The theme for our latest newsletter is ‘Getting Data for the Common Good’. In this edition, we review Jonathan Rapping‘s book Gideon’s Promise: a public defender movement to transform criminal justice, invite you to join us for our webinar, which takes place next week – ‘Measuring Non-Profit Social Impact During the Pandemic’ and talk about the over-representation of BAME young people in custody.

Have a read, and if you’d like any more information about social impact, please get in touch and contact us.

GtD - Jack Cattell Presenting at PPMRC

GtD’s Jack Cattell – Managing the Data Glut

Last month I had the great pleasure of spending a week in the USA to see for myself how GtD is developing its services in Atlanta, before attending the 9th annual Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Conference at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Americans and the British may be “divided by a common language”, but I was struck by the common challenges that policy makers and practitioners face on both sides of the Atlantic: ensuring that practice is grounded in “what works?”, getting more “bang for your buck” in service delivery and managing “big data” to understand how policy makers and practitioners are responding to complex social problems. Whether they are based in the U.S. or the U.K., all of us at GtD feel privileged to help our clients to meet these challenges by providing definitive social impact analytics that are helping them to monitor their activities; learn quickly how to improve them; and, ultimately to prove their effectiveness – definitively.

It was the theme of “big data” that took Alan and I to Rutgers University where we were delighted to contribute our thoughts and experiences of “managing the data glut” at the PPMR conference. Drawing on over 20 years of experience of research and evaluation in the criminal justice system, we used our work in the development of the DASHBOARD for the CJS as an example of how to manage the data glut. It provided a clear, illustrative example of how we rationalised over 1,500 separate performance indicators to provide a highly visual and user-friendly dashboard of data that provides managers across the criminal justice system a single version of their performance in bringing offenders to justice.

The presentation we gave at the conference is available to view on our LinkedIn page, please do follow us for updates and information relating to social impact analytics.

Contact my colleague Alan or myself if you would like more information about any of our projects or how our social impact analytics could benefit your organisation. If you believe you are ready to embark on your own social impact journey, you might be interested in our free Strategic Impact Assessment. Please do get in touch if we can be of assistance by emailing us at:

Jack Cattell jack.cattell@getthedata.co.uk

Alan Mackie alan.mackie@gethedata.co.uk