Measuring Collective Impact of Initiatives
Since 1990, our KU team has evaluated and supported local, state, and national initiatives. Based on this participatory research experience, we built the Online Documentation and Support System (ODSS) to help communities better demonstrate the collective impact of their efforts to promote community health and development.
The ODSS is a web-based recording, measurement, and reporting tool. It helps practitioners document their work, including their efforts to deliver services or bring about community and system change (new or modified programs, policies, or practices related to the group’s goals). The ODSS provides people with real-time data to inform and improve their efforts.
The ODSS helps practitioners share their change efforts and success stories with funders and other stakeholders.
The ODSS enables groups to:
- Document changes in communities and systems (new or modified programs and policies) related to the effort
- Discover factors associated with increases/decreases in the rate of change
- Document services provided by the initiative
- Document resources generated by the initiative
- Document media coverage of the initiative
- Track changes in community-level indicators over time
- Integrated resources for monitoring and evaluating community work
- Elegant graphing capabilities for analyzing and sharing data
- Generation of customizable reports
- Built-in sensemaking supports to help users ask questions about and communicate the meaning of their data
- Ability to upload relevant supporting documents or photographs
- Intuitive supports for data collection
- Built-in help and tools to support improvement
- Secure content and ability to customize user access
- Integration with Community WorkStations
- Availability in English and Spanish
The ODSS helps community and research partners to answer important questions such as:
Are we addressing the goals we set out to address?
Are we bringing about changes in communities and systems?
Are community/system changes associated with improvement in community-level outcomes?
Some Benefits of the Online Documentation and Support System (ODSS):
- Participatory evaluation and co-learning among partners
- Real-time graphs and instant feedback help groups make critical, timely adjustments
- Documented accomplishments help secure resources and assure accountability
- Promotion of community participation and direct access to evaluation information
- Connecting users directly to practical information and supports for solving problems builds capacity for this work
- Experienced community practitioners are available to provide technical assistance
For information about obtaining a customized Online Documentation and Support System and related technical support, or to request a live demo, please contact the KU Work Group at (785) 864-0533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.