Building a Results Framework
With so much data available these days, we have to assume that the people we are asking to join us on our journey are savvy data consumers. They will want to know how we intend to measure results and prove that our theory of change is making progress over time. That means being really thoughtful about what outcomes we intend to measure and how those outcomes benefit the entire community. For example, the community’s investment in after-school programs for youth may result in stronger school performance, but it could also result in safer parks and playgrounds, a better-prepared labor force for local small businesses, and a more prosperous community overall. Leaders who are skilled at measuring and communicating results maintain credibility for their solution over time.