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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118137604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118137604
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"A powerful and entertaining book on how to use measurement and social media to kick butt and change the world."

—Guy Kawasaki, author, Enchantment; former chief evangelist of Apple

Measuring the Nonprofit World

"Read Measuring the Networked Nonprofit to help you figure out what kind of results you're getting, and then figure out to get even more effective."

—Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist, craigconnects.org

"Measuring the Networked Nonprofit is essential reading for any nonprofit leader trying to figure out what social media can do for her organization—and what pitfalls to avoid. Kanter and Paine demystify social media strategies, tools, and metrics, and make them accessible to techies and technophobes alike."

—Kathy Reich, Director of Organizational Effectiveness Grantmaking, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

"This book is the cutting edge of evaluating the effectiveness of social media and goes beyond methods to show that measurement is about strategic thinking and evidence-informed action."

—Michael Quinn Patton, author, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use

"The authors brilliantly teach nonprofit leaders how to transform their organizations by embracing measurement. The writing style is lively, which makes the book accessible, inviting to read, and fun to implement!"

—Kim Meredith, executive director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

"The authors provide an invaluable guide to philanthropists and their beneficiaries and answer the question: 'How do we measure the effectiveness of our nonprofit's networked social media efforts?' This is a readable, practical book!"

—Howard Rheingold, author, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

"Measuring the Networked Nonprofit is a must-read for anyone in the social good sector. The authors are both funny and talented storytellers. Stop reading this stupid blurb and go read the book."

—Shel Israel, coauthor, Naked Conversations and Forbes contributor

"In a new world of social media and big data, the authors cut through the noise to help you design and measure campaigns."

About the Author

—Brian Solis, bestselling author, The End of Business as Usual and Engage!

Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of BusinessWeek's "Voices of Innovation for Social Media," Beth Kanter is the author of Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media; a visiting scholar, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; and a speaker and trainer.

Katie Delahaye Paine is the founder of KDPaine & Partners LLC and publisher of the first blog and the first newsletter for marketing and communications professionals dedicated entirely to measurement and accountability.


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What I've really liked about the book so far is it has a ton of case studies.
Joe Waters
It is chock full of great examples from organizations large and small and ends every chapter with reflective questions that will keep you on track.
Zan L. Mccolloch-lussier
Beth and Katie have done a terrific job outlining the techniques for and importance of measuring networking efforts in the nonprofit setting.
Randy Macon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Waters on November 14, 2012
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Beth Kanter's first book, The Networked Nonprofit, taught us how to use social media tools. Her latest book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, which is co-authored by Katie Delahaye Paine, teaches us how to measure what we've done.

The whole idea of measurement and insight has been on my brain for two reasons.

First, During Pinktober Megan Strand and I interviewed the author of Pink Ribbons Inc. on CauseTalk Radio. I initially thought we'd be on opposite sides of the argument, but I found myself nodding in agreement throughout our conversation. She wasn't against cause marketing, as I had wrongly assumed. But she did have some good questions on measurement and insight within the pink ribbons movement. What was the real value of breast cancer awareness? How was success being measured? What goals have and haven't been achieved? You can listen to the show yourself, but I concluded Pinktober needed less emotion and ribbon-waving and more measurement and insight.

My second run in with measurement peaked after the presidential election. How could so many people say for so long that the race was so close only to have Romney lose in a landslide? They're now saying that Romney will get two to three million fewer votes than McCain did in 2008. How is that possible as no one ever called that race a close one? What was and wasn't measured and why did pollsters draw different conclusions from the data?

Lastly, who the hell is this wicked smart guy Nate Silver that everyone is talking about?

Obviously, I have a lot to learn about measuring the success of just about everything.

That's why I want to finish Beth and Katie's book so I can better teach my clients how to measure the success of their social media efforts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randy Macon on October 8, 2012
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I've been looking forward to the release of this book for quite sometime. Beth and Katie have done a terrific job outlining the techniques for and importance of measuring networking efforts in the nonprofit setting. The wisdom starts in the Preface and continues chockablock until the end! I highly recommend this text to all of my nonprofit colleagues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kalen Cap on January 21, 2013
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Attempting to become more effective in my volunteer capacities with nonprofits and social media, I read "Measuring the Networked Nonprofit" by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine. Published in Autumn 2012, I was hoping for something up-to-date and this book did not disappoint. Most of the references and tools mentioned are current. That hasn't always been the case for me when reading books related to social media where things tend to change rapidly.

What is excellent about this book is it takes models and theories, for example "ladder of engagement," and presents these in everyday language, tying in practical advice, current means of measurement, and examples. This helps make complexities of measurement more accessible to those in nonprofits who deal with social media and presenting its results to decision makers. My perspective is that of a volunteer for largely volunteer run organizations, so I had to translate for that regarding the small staff discussions throughout the book. I imagine the same would be true of mid-size nonprofit employers, having to translate back to a smaller scale concern, but I believe this book would be applicable for quite a range of nonprofits.

That is not to say I found the book perfect. For one, transitions between topics can be rather abrupt within chapter narratives, even for a nonfiction book about technical issues. Also, future editions of "Measuring the Networked Nonprofit" should correct the one key weakness within it - the examples were rather hit or miss. First, the hypothetical Katie's Kat Shelter (KKS) was used so many times that it hindered rather than forwarded the points being made. How likely are such concepts and measures to work in the real world if the text's examples have to be imagined to write about?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m.r. on October 25, 2013
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this book is THE complete guide to an integrated information driven advocacy strategy. the book is entertaining, engaging, full of practical ideas/tips/templates, approachable, and speaks to the heart of the matter. i am so glad i purchased this resources and cant wait to start implementing this new way of thinking!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cksyme on December 13, 2012
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I've been a fan of both these authors for a long time. And to have them team up to write--what a treat. You'll get only the best and most practical info from these two. If you've read The Networked Nonprofit, you'll love this book. The same foundation from that book is carried on here: networked nonprofits are organizations that "use social networks and the technology of social media to greatly extend reach, capabilities, and effectiveness." Then, borrowing a page from Katie Paine's book, Measure What Matters, (which is also an awesome read), measurement is "the process of collecting data on your communications results and using the data to learn and improve your programs." I love the phrase "data-informed culture." The book takes us from just measuring data to using that data to inform decision making and then finding more relevant data to make better decisions.

The book is loaded with case studies from organizations that grew up networking and those that adopted it at a later age. Small organizations and large ones. There is a great tool here to help you get started down the path called the Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly evaluation. It will give you an analysis of where you are in the process. And the authors stress that becoming a networked nonprofit is a process that, more often than not, is successful one baby step at a time. The book revolves around several themes, backed by case studies, that networked nonprofits operate by such as "measurement means data for decisions, not for data's sake", "likes on Facebook is not a victory, social change is", "measurement is good governance," and many more. You'll meet some highly successful organizations you may never heard of. It's just a seminal work--please pick it up if you're involved in the nonprofit sector.
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