No cart before the horse in measuring impact

From Stanford Social Innovation Review, an article titled ‘Measuring Impact Isn’t for Everyone’ points out that “Collecting data to demonstrate your organization’s impact is great to do when you should, wasteful when you should not”.

The research authors have come up with the acronym CART for principles to use to create strong systems of data collection: Credible, Actionable, Responsible, Transportable.

More at http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/measuring_impact_isnt_for_everyone.

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