NGO Soul + Strategy

005. Measuring social change: advice by Alnoor Ebrahim, nonprofit accountability expert

March 14, 2020 Tosca Season 5 Episode 5
NGO Soul + Strategy
005. Measuring social change: advice by Alnoor Ebrahim, nonprofit accountability expert
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NGO Soul + Strategy
005. Measuring social change: advice by Alnoor Ebrahim, nonprofit accountability expert
Mar 14, 2020 Season 5 Episode 5
Tosca

Alnoor Ebrahim, Professor @ Tufts University, USA

How can we as NGO leaders make sure that our strategy informs our measurement strategy as organizations? How can we make sure our NGOs are not just upward/funder-oriented in our measurement approach, but also focused on internal accountability and organizational learning? And what mindsets are most helpful to make measurement efforts meaningful? 

In this interview, we address: 

  • What stops us as nonprofits from becoming more outcome-oriented? 
  • What are some roadblocks to watch out for when NGOs aspire to become more outcome-oriented? 
  • What is the Big Idea behind Alnoor’s new book ‘Measuring Social Change: Performance and Accountability in a Complex World’  
  • And what would Alnoor say is true that almost no NGO agrees upon? 

Quote: “It is not feasible nor even desirable for all NGOs to develop metrics that run the gamut from outputs to societal outcomes” (pg. 11, book Measuring Social Change by Alnoor Ebrahim) 

Resources: 

Profile: Alnoor Ebrahim is a professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His work is focused on accountabilities facing non-profit organizations, public entities, and social enterprise. He currently sits on an advisory board to the Global Impact Investing Network and Acumen Fund and has previously worked with the NGO Leaders Forum. Additionally, Alnoor Ebrahim has formerly been the chair of two executive programs at Harvard University and currently co-chairs a program at the Harvard Kennedy School.   

Alnoor's newest book: Measuring Social Change: Performance and Accountability in a Complex World 

Alnoor and I are both Ambassadors in the Leap of Reason Ambassador community, an invitation-based network of nonprofit leaders, funders, analysts and consultants who want to promote a stronger performance and outcome-orientation among nonprofits. 

Alnoor’s email: [email protected] 

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Show Notes

Alnoor Ebrahim, Professor @ Tufts University, USA

How can we as NGO leaders make sure that our strategy informs our measurement strategy as organizations? How can we make sure our NGOs are not just upward/funder-oriented in our measurement approach, but also focused on internal accountability and organizational learning? And what mindsets are most helpful to make measurement efforts meaningful? 

In this interview, we address: 

  • What stops us as nonprofits from becoming more outcome-oriented? 
  • What are some roadblocks to watch out for when NGOs aspire to become more outcome-oriented? 
  • What is the Big Idea behind Alnoor’s new book ‘Measuring Social Change: Performance and Accountability in a Complex World’  
  • And what would Alnoor say is true that almost no NGO agrees upon? 

Quote: “It is not feasible nor even desirable for all NGOs to develop metrics that run the gamut from outputs to societal outcomes” (pg. 11, book Measuring Social Change by Alnoor Ebrahim) 

Resources: 

Profile: Alnoor Ebrahim is a professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His work is focused on accountabilities facing non-profit organizations, public entities, and social enterprise. He currently sits on an advisory board to the Global Impact Investing Network and Acumen Fund and has previously worked with the NGO Leaders Forum. Additionally, Alnoor Ebrahim has formerly been the chair of two executive programs at Harvard University and currently co-chairs a program at the Harvard Kennedy School.   

Alnoor's newest book: Measuring Social Change: Performance and Accountability in a Complex World 

Alnoor and I are both Ambassadors in the Leap of Reason Ambassador community, an invitation-based network of nonprofit leaders, funders, analysts and consultants who want to promote a stronger performance and outcome-orientation among nonprofits. 

Alnoor’s email: [email protected] 

Click here to subscribe to be alerted when new podcast episodes come out or when Tosca produces other thought leadership pieces. 

Or email Tosca at[email protected]if you want to talk about your social sector organization’s needs, challenges, and opportunities. 

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