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Warming Up to Outcomes: Measuring What Matters

April 25th, 2023
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Philanthropy MA, 133 Federal Street, Suite 802, Boston, MA
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Program Description

Outcomes Measurement is a broad term that covers a vast terrain of history, theory, methods, and tensions. A series of workshops would barely survey the landscape. This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce outcomes measurement to leaders new to the topic. It will also help you make monitoring and evaluation more inclusive and participatory for your staff and community members. You will work with peers in small groups to explore practical tools and approaches to apply to your organization’s current approach to monitoring and evaluation. 

Defining clear program and organizational outcomes is a skill that helps tell a credible story of how you are making a difference. It is also a skill that supports organizational learning and strategic planning.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between outcomes measurement and logic models, theories of change, program planning, and grant writing
  • Identify appropriate data sources and data collection strategies for program assessment
  • Use outcome data to create performance dashboards and prepare impact reports
  • Utilize a big-picture approach to thinking about Outcomes Measurement

Our Presenter

Prentice Zinn is a director of GMA Foundations, responsible for managing several local, regional, and international foundations. He is best known to his clients and colleagues as an advisor, educator, and facilitator. In his consulting practice, Prentice is known for start-up work with new donors, planning for multi-generational philanthropy, guiding boards in rethinking mission and focus, and identifying high impact funding opportunities focused on the environment, public health, community development, and human services. In the field, Prentice designs and leads interactive workshops on monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

Prentice grew up in Flint, Michigan and started a lifelong path in the nonprofit sector in high school. His years in Detroit, Denver, and Boston have made him a keen critic of generalizations about nonprofits and philanthropy.

Prentice is a founding member of Jamaica Plain Cohousing in Boston, a board member of Hesperian Health Guides, a board member of  Philanthropy Massachusetts, and co-editor of Collaborating for Change: A Participatory Action Research Casebook (2020).

Registration closes at 2 pm on Monday, April 24th. Please note this is an in-person meeting.

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Zoom Instructions:

Zoom information: Zoom information for the program will be sent out to all registrants one week before AND in the afternoon of the business day before the session is scheduled to take place.  Please reach out to info@philanthropyma.org if you believe you are registered for this program and do not receive the link.

Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

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