Arts professionals are uncomfortable with the words measuring impact as it is more than the transactional input and output delivery of measurement. Learn how to explain your projects and purpose of work in an effective and transparent manner. Also, find out how to improve the power dynamics that are often driven by reporting requirements. Following some simple ideas can help in the process. In case, you rely on grant funds to kick start your mission either through reporting methods or selection criteria. This gives a feeling that you are being judged. Funders can also design reporting requirements on the basis of grantee guidelines of concert progress with the needs of your organization.
It is tough to sell your future grant report, but you can create a story. This can turn out to be in the form of a testimony. This type of cultural work cannot be dismissed particularly as it crosses with raising voice for justice. When The Laundromat Project was created people from the philanthropy circles wanted to measure transformation. Though it was an irritant, the author decided to come up with the concept as a kind of ‘social return on investment’ to get the necessary investment to progress with the vision. The project dealt with how relationships, encouraging neighbor’s agency and self discovery will not result in workforce development, better scores or placing poor people in a better position.
The bottom line here is that the toolbox has to be expanded to reach to broader stakeholders. This helped a great deal to bridge the gaps by understanding through other’s perspective. In certain cases, the algebra model is useful to solve the problem of the unknown x. But remember that hypothesis and matrices are not needed to create and effective planning process. In case, there are no readymade tools available, design it yourself. The bottom line is to create a transparent tool related to your work purpose.