The Reality of Measuring Human Service Programs: Results of a Survey

Data, Outcomes, Social Services

The public conversation about measuring programs is often theoretical, focusing on what organizations could or should do rather than on tactics for success. At Idealware, they were curious about the opposite—what specific tactics are organizations using to measure their programs? What are the barriers? To find out, in the summer of 2013 they created and distributed a survey to human service organizations on their own mailing list—generally small to mid-sized organizations—to learn how they were actually using technology to measure and evaluate the outcomes of their programs.

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