The Success Measures Data System (SMDS) is a unique cloud-based tool which allows organizations  to manage a participatory evaluation process efficiently and affordably.  The accessible and flexible platform helps organizations capture a clear picture of benefits achieved by using combinations of off-the-shelf or customized data collection tools, collecting and tabulating results, and exporting data.

Sophisticated in  design, functionality, security, and scale, SMDS is also versatile and adaptable and will streamline the evaluation process for organizations of all sizes and levels of experience.

As an SMDS subscriber you can:

  • Choose from more than 250 well-vetted data collection tools
  • Customize existing tools or build new ones as you design your evaluation
  • Collect data manually or electronically using a computer, tablet, or smartphone via an online browser
  • Export your data to Word, PDF or Excel  for more detailed analysis
  • Manage and store all outcome data in one secure environment
  • Share data with partner organizations
  • Communicate results through report and presentations for funders and stakeholders
  • Upload all your evaluation history and reference documents for future use and training

Subscribers can work online without needing any additional software. SMDS handles all the technology updates, maintenance and back-ups around-the-clock so clients can exclusively focus on managing their evaluation process and gathering, analyzing and using the data. Consolidating outcome data in one place helps to ensure quality and consistency and allows for the analysis of data over time – all key components of mid- and long-term evaluations.

Ongoing Development
Success Measures is always working to improve access and enhance the user experience for clients and partners. Having launched a fully redesigned and upgraded system in 2013, the next phase of development will include adding to the evaluation capabilities with mapping and visualilzation, as well as photographic and video data functions.

For information on becoming a Success Measures Data System subscriber, please contact Bernadette Cabrera at 202.524.9962, bcabrera@nw.org