American nonprofits can report effectiveness via data site

Major information site for US nonprofits GuideStar is adding a new way for organisations to report quantifiable data in support of their program achievements.

GuideStar Platinum has been developed as a way to provide non-financial data to demonstrate effectiveness and tackle the ‘overhead myth’. Nonprofit Quarterly’s article says that the Platinum features can be used without charge by organisations, and may be accessed by any visitor to the GuideStar website.

GuideStar is also promoting an ambitious attempt to debate what is being measured by organisations, with 900 nonprofits using 1,300 metrics in pre-release testing to describe their program accomplishments.