Donors are wrapping up their year-end giving plans and turning their sights towards the new year. But before embarking on a new giving journey, it’s important to take a look back and assess the impact of your giving strategies. This kind of reflection can help provide essential information moving forward — what worked, what didn’t, and what changes should be made?

Measuring program effectiveness in five comprehensive steps:

  • Set expectations for what you want your assessment to accomplish.
  • Determine which approach is the best fit.
  • Decide on a level of assessment that is appropriate for the status of the project.
  • Understand challenges in assessing impact.
  • Build partnerships. As the classic adage suggests, we go farther when we go together.

With a strategic assessment plan, donors can feel more equipped to create effective programs.

Read the full article about impact assessment from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.