Articles & Publications

Success Measures has authored and been highlighted in articles and publications on community development participatory outcome evaluation.  These articles and publications provide more information on our work in the field.

Communicating, Collaborating, and Coordinating to Revitalize New Jersey Neighborhoods

Lois W. Greco

The Foundation Review, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2013

New Evaluative Methods: Measuring Your Impact on the Community

Catherine A. Smith

NeighborWorks Bright Ideas, Winter 2006

Participatory Action Research: Involving “All the Players” in Evaluation and Change

Craig McGarvey

Grantcraft, 2007

Paradigm Shift: A Foundation / Grantee Partnership Using Data to Drive Neighborhood Revitalization and Assess Impact

Lois W. Greco, Margaret Grieve, and Maggie McCullough

The Foundation Review, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2010

Including the Beneficiary Voice: The Success Measures Experience

Margaret Grieve and Deborah Visser

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Community Development Investment Review: Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2011

Evaluating Community Stabilization Efforts at the Neighborhood Level: A NeighborWorks Pilot with Success Measures

Nancy Kopf and Keven Vance
Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, 2011
A summary report on the development and piloting of the Success Measures Community Stabilization Evaluation Framework, including an introduction by Alan Mallach, a leading scholar of community revitalization; highlights of nine pilot organizations which implemented the evaluation; and examples of the measurement tools which are now available to the field.

Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact

Mark Kramer, Marcie Parkhurst, Lalitha Vaidyanathan
FSG Social Impact Advisors, July 2009
Success Measures shared measures and the Success Measures Data System are featured as an example of how nonprofits can track and share common indicators through coordinated efforts that magnify impact and enhance learning for funders and grantees alike.

From Insight to Action: New Directions in Foundation Evaluation

Mark Kramer with Rebecca Graves, Jason Hirschhorn, Leigh Fiske
FSG Social Impact Advisors, April 2007
Highlights emerging approaches to evaluation in the field of philanthropy that enhance the effectiveness of foundations and their grantees.

Community Development Evaluation Storymap and Legend

Lynn Bachelor and Margaret Grieve
NeighborWorks America, January 2006
A complete description of the Community Development Storymap project, a response to the field-wide interest in better understanding how evaluation can be used to improve programs, enhance organizational effectiveness, and contribute to continuous learning.

Working Toward Collaborative Learning: Evaluation of the Ford Foundation’s MOU Strategy

Patricia Patrizi and Susan Parker, November 2012
A case study of the comprehensive collaborative evaluation facilitated by Success Measures for the Ford Foundation's Metropolitan Opportunity Unit assessment of its five year initiative to connect people to economic opportunity, expand access to quality housing, and promote innovative land use in nine metropolitan regions across the country.

Scaling Financial Coaching: Critical Lessons and Effective Practices

NeighborWorks® America and Citi Foundation, May 2013
 
This comprehensive publication documents the background, implementation, and findings of the Financial Capability Demonstration Project, a national multi-year initiative designed to expand the scope and scale of financial capability programs that support low- and moderate-income families and individuals. A focus of the project was a demonstration learning cohort of 30 nonprofits across the country who received focused support, training, and coaching services over a two-year period. This major effort, supported by a major investment by the Citi Foundation, drew on the nationally recognized expertise of NeighborWorks America’s training, technical assistance and evaluation offerings including the NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC), NeighborWorks Training Institute (NTI), Success Measures®, and NeighborWorks National Homeownership Programs.

Measuring Outcomes of Financial Capability Programs: Success Measures Tools for Practitioners

Jessica Anders
Success Measures, NeighborWorks America, 2011
A detailed account of a collaborative field-building initiative that produced a new set of Success Measures outcome indicators in the area of financial capability, as well as a complete set of the resulting financial capability measurement tools for both adults and youth.