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What Is ‘Disruptive Metrics’?


Metrics. Evidence. Key Performance Indicators. They are a requirement for any program, organization or policy trying to demonstrate value and impact. Done well, they can advance strategy and positive change. Done poorly, they can throw an organization off course, miss opportunities to demonstrate impact, and/or simply be ignored. With multiple sources of data and multiple ways to capture that data, the risk that metrics are off-course or reacting to rather than driving strategy has never been greater. Organizations that cling to research approaches, evaluation plans and key performance indicators because “that’s what has always been done” may be overlooking new insights, new meaning and ultimately new ways of achieving and demonstrating effectiveness.

DM LogoOur aim in this blog and through our research and evaluation consulting every day is to be both provocative and pragmatic about metrics, what they mean and how they matter. We think about how disruptive technologies and trends are requiring us to look at, understand and use data in new ways. We apply this thinking as we integrate tried and true methods with new ways of doing things. We strive to develop new research approaches and measures that create a truer and fuller picture of what is happening so that our clients can focus on what matters, adjust their strategies and take credit for their successes. We take every opportunity in our work to turn questions on their heads, to incorporate new and traditional methods of data collection, and to synthesize and map information in order to more clearly show connections and relationships — all in the effort to help us deepen our understanding and focus on what really matters, so that metrics continue to have real meaning.

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What Is ‘Disruptive Metrics’?


Metrics. Evidence. Key Performance Indicators. They are a requirement for any program, organization or policy trying to demonstrate value and impact. Done well, they can advance strategy and positive change. Done poorly, they can throw an organization off course, miss opportunities to demonstrate impact, and/or simply be ignored. With multiple sources of data and multiple ways to capture that data, the risk that metrics are off-course or reacting to rather than driving strategy has never been greater. Organizations that cling to research approaches, evaluation plans and key performance indicators because “that’s what has always been done” may be overlooking new insights, new meaning and ultimately new ways of achieving and demonstrating effectiveness.

DM LogoOur aim in this blog and through our research and evaluation consulting every day is to be both provocative and pragmatic about metrics, what they mean and how they matter. We think about how disruptive technologies and trends are requiring us to look at, understand and use data in new ways. We apply this thinking as we integrate tried and true methods with new ways of doing things. We strive to develop new research approaches and measures that create a truer and fuller picture of what is happening so that our clients can focus on what matters, adjust their strategies and take credit for their successes. We take every opportunity in our work to turn questions on their heads, to incorporate new and traditional methods of data collection, and to synthesize and map information in order to more clearly show connections and relationships — all in the effort to help us deepen our understanding and focus on what really matters, so that metrics continue to have real meaning.

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