Is Anyone Better Off? A Global Movement to Track Community Impact

Is Anyone Better Off? A Global Movement to Track Community Impact

by Julie Fahnestock

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Two weeks ago, community leaders from around the world came together in Johannesburg, South Africa to share tools and experiences with NGOs committed to deepening a culture of organizational accountability in Africa.  The summit called, RBA Africa Summit 2014, focused on Results Based Accountability (RBA), a tool designed to measure the impact of organizational activities and goals.

In his book “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough,” Mark Friedman details RBA as a framework for establishing “population level” outcomes– or big picture social goals– for policy makers, communities and coalitions.  RBA is also designed for the agency and program level, helping to track efforts and contributions to larger goals. RBA asks three questions to measure the impact that programs and organizations are having: “How much did we do?” “How well did we do it?” and most critically, “Is anyone better off?”

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Julie is passionate about telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping Benefit Corporations and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with her husband, Thomas.