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Reorienting Around Outcomes

The greatest hope of people working in the social sector is to make a positive, long-term impact. But, too often, the funding systems that support their work incentivize a short-term focus on “outputs.” For example, a shelter is typically funded based on beds filled each night—rather than an “outcome” like the number of people who transition to permanent housing.

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities, a project of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, features essays by dozens of leaders, exploring the possibilities of an outcomes-based world.

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Outputs vs. Outcomes

What's the difference between "outputs" and "outcomes"? And how does our funding system affect the ability of service providers to focus on long-term results?

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May 31, 2017
By Antony Bugg-Levine and Kerry Sullivan • Chronicle of Philanthropy

Grant Makers, Put Results First in Deciding How to Give

October 2, 2017
By Stacy Becker, ReThink Health • Invest in Results Blog

ROI for Population Health: Evidencing a Double Standard


Paid in Full: How to Reorient Philanthropic Investments for Justice-Oriented Collective Action and Impact

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"Fundable, Doable, and Measurable." A Foundation's Success Against Homelessness

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Life on MaRS: Canada's Social Finance Forum explores "the next big thing"

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Adopting an Outcomes-Based Approach for Lasting Impact

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