Nonprofit teams have a lot on their plates: not only do they have to run their programs as best they can to help their beneficiaries, but they have to run their internal organization also. They have to do all this while regularly drafting and submitting grant requests from funders who have different and changing priorities.
Nonprofits, corporate foundations, social enterprises, and organizations working in the social sector can struggle with how to approach understanding their impact:
- How do they know that changes in their beneficiary group are due to their interventions? How closely should they track those changes? How rigorous or complex should the analysis of impact data be?
- Often, nonprofits react to funders’ requirements regarding what to measure, though it can be difficult to obtain funding for impact measurement.
- Moreover, funders, evaluators, and program managers can have different goals related to programs’ implementations.