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Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World

ISBN: 978-1-118-13760-4
336 pages
October 2012, Jossey-Bass
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September 25, 2012

Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World

It is common knowledge nonprofits will not be relevant if they are not present on social networks. The previous best-selling book The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter provided frameworks and recommendations for nonprofits to transform their organizational culture to embrace a new way of working.

In their new follow up book: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World (Jossey-Bass; 978-1-118-13760-4; e-book available: October 2012) by Beth Kanter and Katie Paine helps nonprofit leaders take those first steps to measure the effectiveness of that transformation.

Measuring the Networked Nonprofit will help transformed nonprofits already using social media metric and data intelligently to improve their decision making and quantify success. Measuring the Networked Nonprofit covers the many ways that nonprofits make the most of measurement, including the following list of what nonprofits do right:

  • They don’t just add up numbers, they measure their impact on the mission and organizational goals.
  • They value progress and measure results using insight, relationships, organizational results and social change outcomes.
  • They use key performance indicators to make decisions, effect continuous process improvement, and understand what works and what doesn’t.
  • They measure failure first. Learning from failure is like compost: although it might stink at first, it gets more valuable over time. It is also important to understand the cause of success because it may have happened by accident.
  • They are experts at setting up and measuring low-risk experiments to test their strategy and tactics and learn from them.
  • They join the “spreadsheet appreciation society”, filling their rows and columns with meaningful data and avoiding bogus metrics like the plague.
  • They use data to set priorities and better juggle workloads.

The last thing any busy nonprofit needs is another difficult to master procedure. Measuring the Networked Nonprofit makes it easy for any reader to navigate by using checklists, tips, resources and advice to get started quickly. After reading this book, any nonprofit will realize that measurement gets results, gives greater control, creates more power, and helps change the world.