Cracking the Code

If you are a government agency, foundation or nonprofit, most likely you’re investing millions of dollars to produce positive social change. In the past, managers would simply share reams of output data or hire an evaluator to proclaim their program “evidence-based.”  And that was enough to make resource allocators feel good.  But today, feeling good isn’t good enough: people don’t just want results, they want effective results. In a resource constrained environment, funders and practitioners are asking “smarter” questions to justify budgeting decisions:


  • How well did it work?
  • How many outcomes did it produce? At what cost?
  • What’s the ‘bang for the buck’ compared to other alternatives?
  • Why did this program succeed?



Mission Measurement helps you evaluate grants, social programs and impact investments using the world’s most advanced evidence-based analytics.  We help funders and nonprofits:


  • Define Success: Kickstart measurement with an Outcomes Workshop
  • Measure Impact: Develop measurement plans and assess impact through standard

        Impact Genome scorecards and/or custom evaluations

  • Maxmize Impact: Improve measurement capacity and strategic planning


Typical clients include:


  • Private Foundations
  • Family Offices
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Departments
  • Non-profits
  • Local, State, and Federal Government Bodies
  • Corporate Foundations



Using advanced research methods, we can evaluate programs more quickly, more affordably and with greater rigor. Here’s why:


1. We have developed the industry’s first standardized taxonomy of outcomes. This means we can tag any social program with a common “outcome ID” and benchmark the “cost-per-outcome” and “efficacy rate” for any social program. In fact, we literally wrote the book on benchmarking for nonprofits.

2. We are the stewards of the Impact Genome Project, the world’s most comprehensive social science evidence-base. This means that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel on researching your program, and have instant access to all relevant studies and metrics for any field.

3. We take a “Platinum Standard” approach to evidence, using meta-analysis to identify the “genes” or program components that produce successful outcomes. This means that we can explain “why” programs work and how to improve the design of any program to produce best-in-class results.



If you’re looking to demonstrate impact, aggregate results, learn what works, benchmark social outcomes or improve the ROI on your investments, we can help.



For more information, please contact us.