How do we measure the impact of what we do?





"Not for Profits are needlessly rebelling against a growing demand from funders for impact and outcomes, rather than mere outputs." That was the provocative opening of a ProBono Australia news article (28/5/2015) reporting on Harvard Professor Kash Rangan's presentation to a Melbourne leadership conference.

Some community organisations in the out-of-home care sector in Western Australia have taken up the challenge of measuring social impact and outcomes; others have not yet started.

The Alliance for Children at Risk is assembling some resources to assist out-of-home care providers to understand and begin exploring the complexities of measuring impacts and outcomes.

Here are links to some reports that give an introduction to the concepts. If you have other informative documents that you would like to share with your colleagues in out-of-home care, please send them to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add them to this page.

If you are interested in this topic, it will be worth revisiting this page from time to time to see what's new.

  • "What Impact? A framework for measuring the scale and scope of social performance", by Alnoor Ebrahim and V. Kasturi Rangan, University of California, 2014 Find it here
  • Business for Social Impact Forum (Summary of proceedings of forum held May 2014), Harvard Business School Find it here
  • "Non-profit leadership: Emerging Themes - Impact and Measurement" by Shamal Dass, JB Were Find it here
  • "Monitoring and evaluating social impacts in Australia" by C. Maughan, CRC-REP Working Paper CW003. Ninti One Limited, Alice Springs, 2012 Find it here

Here is a report on funding for social enterprise in Australia:

  • "Finding Australia's social enterprise sector 2015 Interim Report", by Jo Barraket, Working Paper 2015.1. Centre for Social Impact Swinburne & Social Traders. Melbourne, Australia. June 2015