A surprising new breakthrough is emerging in the social sector: A handful of innovative
organizations have developed web-based systems for reporting the performance,
measuring the outcomes, and coordinating the efforts of hundreds or even thousands
of social enterprises within a field. These nascent efforts carry implications well beyond
performance measurement, foreshadowing the possibility of profound changes in the vision and effectiveness of the entire nonprofit sector.
This paper, based on six months of interviews and research by FSG Social Impact Advisors,
examines twenty efforts to develop shared approaches to performance, outcome, or impact measurement across multiple organizations. The accompanying appendices include a short description of each system and four more in-depth case studies.