Family by Family is creating change – the independent evaluation tells us so! You can read the evaluation, and watch the new documentary – as we celebrate it’s first full year in start-up!
How do we know we’re getting results? We take measurement pretty seriously – which is why we don’t always measure everything stakeholders want to know in the way they want to know it. As July’s edition of Wired shows, measurement can shape behaviour.
What happens when you meet with an applied academic, realist evaluator, business analyst, and social return on investment consultant?
We’re in week 3 of the Family by Family prototype and are often asked: How will we measure success? There’s lots of different ways, but we’re particularly interested in how to capture changes in the behaviours families deem important. We’re now on iteration 5 of a measurement tool, and this week, will work on iteration 6!
We’ve been busy writing, revising, and visualising our report of the first phase of the Family Thriving Project (we’re on iteration 11 so far!) and trying some new ways to enable practitioners and policymakers to learn and experiment with us. One of our biggest learnings has been about how to define and measure family thriving.
We live in the information age, but what does all the information really tell us? How can we design measures that actually capture useful information, and more importantly, can gauge social impact? We share version 1.0 of our principles for good measurement. Good measures are (1) useful, (2) actionable, (3) purposeful, (4) ecological, and (5) positive.
Is feeling connected, valued and a part of something much bigger than ourselves the key to a good, happy life?
People in Latin countries are happier than their Western counterparts, in part, because of strong social relationships. We should look at the quality of relationships as a key policy outcome, and not just the existence of relationships, be it to an employer or spouse.