Why impact measurement?
“If you don’t measure what matters, what you measure becomes what matters.”
The founding conviction behind the Transformational Index, and all our measurement tools, is that measurement matters. While good leadership and strategy are essential to an organization starting well, good measurement is key to an organization enduring well. A resilient organization measures what matters.
Social change is not the same as financial change
There are standard practices for measuring the financial health of an organization, but it immediately seems more complex to measure social health — particularly to what extent an organization is achieving its intended impact.
Most approaches to measuring impact start from a financial point. Count the money; follow the money; act as if money is a proxy for impact.
But the principles of finance do not apply easily to transformation. Transformation is deeper, longer-lasting, and much more tied up with the complexities of communities and the unpredictability of human life.
The Transformational Index goes to the heart of how an organization understands transformation by clearly describing the very thing it exists to do.
Measurement starts with language
The key that unlocks this process is the recognition that impact measurement is not primarily a technical challenge to solve — but rather a problem of the right language.
As business measurement guru Douglas Hubbard says, “If you can clearly describe something, you are halfway to measuring it.”
Developing a Lexicon: Rooted in Practice
The Transformational Index began as a collaborative research project where 80 experienced practitioners in social change gathered to come up with a lexicon of transformation.
This process began with 140 words. Through a rigorous process, we developed 56 indicators of transformation that remain the basis of the Transformational Index.
The Transformational Index is centered on a half-day facilitated workshop. The key decision-makers of your organization will:
Clearly describe your intended impact by selecting five indicators that describe what “good” looks like for your organization
Visualize how that impact takes place through your work
Develop an impact measurement framework to track progress and help your organization learn
The Transformational Index in Practice
Over 220 social enterprises, non-profits, faith-based institutions, foundations, impact funds and churches have used the TI.
RootedGood is currently training and licensing organizations to use the TI within their own networks.
We are currently inviting applications for a limited number of new licensee partners. If you would like to be considered, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impact on Track Has Been Used By:
- HEB Family Foundation
- Imagine Foundation
- Serve Houston
Impact on Track:
Introduce Impact Measurement
Impact on Track is a self-facilitated tool that offers an introduction to impact measurement. There are two versions available:
• For an existing project, helping improve and add to existing impact measures
• For a new project, helping design and develop new impact measures
With Impact on Track, project organizers clearly identify their mission and purpose, ultimately developing an impact measurement framework that clearly tracks progress.
What Users of Impact On Track Have Said:
“This tool, in a relatively short period of time, reveals where an organization is well-positioned and where it has gaps and room for improvement. In a two- to three-hour timeframe, leaders walk away with fresh thinking about the client experience and how data plus story can leverage more and nontraditional funding and overall program effectiveness. Of all the tools we’ve brought to the table, this one has proven time and time again to be valuable well beyond the facilitated exercise.”
— Perri Rosheger Vice President of Community Engagement & Communications, H. E. Butt Foundation
Let’s Get This Impact on Track!
The Measurement Masterclass (MM) is an interactive learning workshop that can be delivered for as few as three people and as many as 100.
An introduction and guide to impact measurement, MM takes participants from unpacking why impact measurement is important to providing the principles and practices needed to start the measurement journey.
Participants will leave the workshop with:
For more information about booking your Measurement Masterclass, please contact us.