Measuring Impact

Handbook, Measuring impact

How does a network measure progress towards its mission? How can you tell who it engages with and how well? How do you know how far the impact of the network reaches? How does your impact measurement inform your strategy and operations?

What unique aspects of networks matter for evaluation and why?

Everything you need to know about measuring the impact of a network in one short guide. Why, what and how to measure – and how to use the findings.

Network weavers are the people who bring disparate groups together and provide the spark for collaboration, creating a web of connections until a network is formed. Maps that look like constellations pick out the connections forming and show how strong the network is. This poster shows how social network maps change shape as networks develop.

Rebecca Watts and Sarah Perry from Living Wandle Landscape Partnership talk to us about mapping the network of the Wandle Valley, their unexpected findings and newfound opportunities.

A guide by Network Impact and Center for Evaluation Innovation teaches us that three things matter for effective network functioning, making each an important focus for evaluation: connectivity, health and results. Check out their site which also has a casebook of case studies putting these impact measurement tools into practice.