Tangible Outcomes

At a strategic committee meeting someone asked me, if we would compare outcomes with different youth serving organizations. My initial response was that I would not trust a published report produced by the organization. That is not necessarily a slap to youth serving organizations or nonprofit organizations; it is a matter of being realistic that a report will most likely show the organization in the most favorable light. Further, a nonprofit report is not likely to publish the methodology on which the findings were based. It also occurred to me later, that we measure intangible outcomes and that is not something that can be easily standardized across youth serving organizations. Would organizations utilize use the same evaluation tool, probably not.

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