Social Impact Toolkit


outcomesWilson Consulting Associates is pleased to provide our website visitors with resources to assist in the development of sustainable, viable programs. The right resources and tools can make data collection less painful and more productive.

Data Collection Tools:

Data Collection Plan Worksheet – This worksheet will help you lay out your data collection plan step by step, from the outcomes to be measured to who will collect and manage data. (From Strengthening Nonprofits Organization)

Google Forms – This free tool is very basic.  It’s very simple to setup and see feedback without some of the fancier bells and whistles other online survey platforms offer.

Survey Money – Offers a popular online-hosted survey tool that works well for basic surveys. The free version gives you 10 questions, 100 respondents, 15 question types, and some ability to customize your theme. The paid version allows you to export your data and increases the number of respondents, questions, and theme customization ability.


Social Impact Tools

A Few Good Mapping & GIS Tools – An article that shares information about good mapping and GIS tools recommended by nonprofit experts.

Financial Knowledge Questions – This tool consists of 25 questions that participants who complete a financial literacy program should be able to answer. The questions may need to be modified based on the particular curriculum being administered. Programs can use the questions to gauge the knowledge of participants before and after completion of the workshop. Indicators: Financial Literacy, Financial Management

Financial Self-Efficacy Scale (FSES) – This tool ) is a 6-item scale that measures how respondents manage certain financial problems and how they cope with setbacks. The FSES scores are expected to correlate with the respondent’s level of confidence in being able to manage money to last for a lifetime (into retirement). The FSES can help financial literacy programs better understand, guide, and motivate their clients. The FSES can be administered pre-post intervention. Indicators: Financial Literacy, Financial Management

 Job Placement/Retention/Advancement Reporting – This form helps collect information about participants’ job placement, retention and advancement. Items include contact information for employers, job descriptions, wage information, and other factors that will allow staff to assess placement quality and participants’ ability to stay and advance in jobs.  Indicators: Job Placement, Job Retention, Job Advancement

Online Mapping Tools for Nonprofits – This article discusses how to use Google Maps and Google Earth for outreach and advocacy, and shows how to select an online  mapping project that meets your needs and fits within your budget.  It also provides a detailed overview of a range of Google mapping technologies that can help your organization put its cause (literally) on the map.

 Self-Sufficiency Matrix – The self-sufficiency matrix is an assessment and outcome measurement tool based on the federal outcomes standard ROMA (Results Oriented Management and Accountability). This impact measurement tool has 25 individual scales, each measuring observable change in some aspect of self-sufficiency. Indicators: Housing Recidivism, Housing Stabilization, Permanent Housing Attainment/Retention, Self-sufficiency


Sample Outcome Indicators

The Urban Institute Outcomes Project – The Outcome Indicators Project provides a framework for tracking nonprofit performance. It suggests candidate outcomes and outcome indicators to assist nonprofit organizations that seek to develop new outcome monitoring processes or improve their existing systems.

Impact Modeling Software – IMPLAN – IMPLAN’s products can help you convey the powerful economic story of your daily functions and demonstrate how tax dollars collected today shape the economic and social landscape of your community tomorrow.


Research Resources

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Provides data on employment, wages, inflation, productivity and many other topics

Census Bureau – Includes demographic, educational, housing, and financial data broken down by Census tract, block, or block group, zip code, congressional district, state, region, or national.

National Center for Health Statistics -Serves as the data gathering arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This site offers basic statistics as well as tabulated state data and micro-data access.