Charities need greater funding support to measure outcomes with many not for profits lacking the resources to do so effectively, new research has found.
The report from the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Social Impact said there was a gulf between the expectations of NFPs to measure their outcomes and the funding available to do so.
Researchers said funding contracts – particularly government ones – should include dedicated funding for impact measurement.
When researchers asked charities about why they were measuring outcomes, the reasons were broader than simply satisfying funders.
“The prime driver is actually internal improvement and improving outcomes for clients,” he said.
“We found it really interesting that organisations largely expressed positive sentiments about impact measurement and were happy to do it.”
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