How We Build Community

Measure4Change hosts a community of practice for nonprofit evaluation staff that meets quarterly. These seminars create learning opportunities and exposes nonprofits to the tools they need to build their performance measurement programs. The sessions also make performance measurement more accessible by helping nonprofit leaders learn from their peers and understand the range of performance management practices, where they fit into that continuum, and how they can advance their own programs. Topics covered include the following:

  • Developing logic models and results frameworks
  • Building a high-performance culture around measurement, evaluation, data, and learning
  • Setting performance targets for programs and staff
  • Performance management and measurement software
  • Survey design
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Race, equity, and inclusion in performance measurement
  • Working with secondary data and making use of mapping (geographic information system) tools
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Displaying data, data visualization, and data storytelling
  • Communicating data to clients and client feedback loops
  • Performance-based financing
  • Data security and client protections for nonprofits
  • Performance measurement–evaluation continuum

Who should participate?

The community of practice is for nonprofits that want to increase their understanding and practice of performance measurement and evaluation. Members are most commonly the people responsible for data and evaluation within an organization, although this role takes various position titles and department affiliations.

How do I become a member?

The community of practice is open only to organizations that serve clients in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. More than 40 nonprofits participate.

For those seeking to join the community of practice, the process begins with an initial vetting call to better understand your organization’s needs and state of interest and engagement in performance measurement and evaluation. If you would like to join this community of practice, please contact measure4change@urban.org.