Improving Our Understanding of Impact - Experimenting with Surge Measures

How Brian Treece at Findlay-Hancock County Memorial Foundation used our Capacity Surge measures use the Surge Measures to help assess the effectiveness of Findlay-Hancock’s organizational strengthening program.

How will we know what kinds of investment in organizational strengthening lead to increased mission impact?

What might a 'Learning Agenda' look like for an organizational strengthening program?

All of this points to the importance of evidence and data, but what should a learning agenda look like? The following questions emerged from our discussions:

  • How might foundations structure organizational strengthening initiatives to return the greatest results?
  • What is possible with a grantee-centered approach with a focus on organizational strengthening that focuses on the abilities needed to achieve a clearly defined mission?
  • What might change if foundations place organizational strengthening in the context of the larger system the groups are trying to change/effect/work within? Are there different strengths to be built for different organizations within the system? ? 
  • How might we measure the impact of organizational strengthening support on organizations and their ability to achieve their missions? What do we measure?
  • How might we determine “predictive indicators of success” – a small number of predictive indicators that allow quick analysis of whether organizations need additional strengthening to be effective?