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Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published December 31st 2011 by Venture Philanthropy Partners (first published 2011)
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Aug 17, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jenny by: Jackie
Shelves: nonfiction-read
Fairly convincing presentation of the need for nonprofits to focus on effectiveness and outcomes rather than just doing good. Lots of useful resources:

--Amazing resource for developing program outcomes, effective practices, performance indicators, and tools for gauging performance: (p 52)

--A definition of "performance culture as "the connective tissue that binds together the organization, including shared values and practices, behavior norms, and most important, the organizat
Sep 21, 2013 Scot rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-profits
My rating does not reflect my opinion on management based outcomes. I think that management based outcomes make sense for organizations that are interested in evaluation and better tracking of hard data and effectiveness. It seems to translate best to education and social service non-profits, though all types of non-profits can benefit.

The reason I give this book/infographic such a low rating is because the author focuses on making the case for outcomes based management rather than delving deepl
Nov 17, 2011 Lindsey rated it it was ok
Morino has some interesting ideas but I feel like I might not be the correct audience for this book. Morino's ideas seem to apply to CEOs, Executive Directors and Boards of non-profits in creating a culture that allows innovation and demands outcomes.
Jul 02, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
This book makes some good points and I completely agree that the nonprofit world needs to measure impact and outcomes better so we can really see what we are accomplishing beyond anecdotes. We need to measure outcomes and foster a performance culture. I thought that this was a good list indicating some important steps in creating a performance culture:

* Recruit culture leaders.
* Walk the talk.
* Know what you stand for.
* Answer the question, "To what end?"
* Ensure that everyone's moving toward th
Mar 02, 2016 Terri added it
This book is the 101 level - why should we evaluate. I'm in need of the 501 level - I'm way beyond needing to be convinced and need to know how to do. Also, this felt light on substantive content/felt a little padded. It's probably a good book for someone trying to convince their org to do evaluation, but it wasn't what I needed.
Rachel Lustig
Jul 06, 2015 Rachel Lustig rated it really liked it
Made for a great discussion with my leadership team at Catholic Social Services. We were reading it while going through our strategic planning process. It is the direction that I am moving this organizations so it was helpful to have the book to help us move the discussion forward.
Brian Sooy
Feb 05, 2014 Brian Sooy rated it it was amazing
As a nonprofit board member and advocate for social entrepreneurship, in my opinion, this book is a must read for charities and funders alike. Higher nonprofit performance occurs when the entire ecosystem understands the power of data to drive outcomes.
Good start for anyone in Non Profit sector!
Sep 24, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it
I think there are some good points here but the delivery is unimpressive - the best thing is that it is short. I would have liked to see more thorough examples of actual things one might do to move towards managing to outcomes. For example, I am preparing to create a logic model, which this text highlights using, but nowhere in the book does it give any details on this process. This book succeeds as a quick glimpse of what managing to outcomes could mean but does little to prepare the reader for ...more
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Aug 06, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morino is sort of preaching to the choir with this one. I read it on the recommendation of someone I met at a conference and agree with the vision and direction. Wish he'd done a better job acknowledging the extremely limited data capacity at nonprofits in general and that this work is expensive/technical/time-consuming/controversial/take your pick of other barriers. (Or maybe he did and I'm just forgetting; I started reading this almost a year ago.)
Aug 05, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: business
Morino's book takes on the subject of how philanthropy can support non-profits in being outcomes driven in their business model. There are many solid positions taken and a strong framework provided. It is a good primer for granters and grantees both. From this book, non-profits would need to do the hard work of enacting strategies that fit the framework.

Solid and strong thinking to introduce outcomes based non-profit work.
Island Connect Consulting
Dec 27, 2012 Island Connect Consulting rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonprofits
I'm grateful to a colleague for sending me a copy of this book and feel that many in Hawaii's nonprofit community (particularly funders) could benefit from reading it. It balances its call to action (to manage to outcomes) with a number of helpful case studies and a helpful resource list of additional resources.
B. Thomas
Aug 23, 2014 B. Thomas rated it really liked it
Useful for any disciple of M&E practices in the nonprofit or NGO sector. Excellent sources for further reading are included.
Jun 30, 2012 Shila rated it liked it
As a nonprofit Treasurer and Secretary, I really dig this book.
Sep 13, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing

Excellent book!
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