Macdonald Center is pleased to announce its participation in Project Impact PDX, a comprehensive program through which we are developing evaluation tools to help us more fully measure the impact our visitation and outreach program has on the lives of our members. The project was introduced by the Nonprofit Organization of Oregon and taught by Steve Patty PhD, a nationally recognized expert in helping nonprofit organizations develop tools to measure the impact of their work. Through this effort we hope to better understand the ways Macdonald Center touches the lives of its members and the ways in which we can make our efforts even more effective.
For the past 6 months, our staff, along with Board Member, Amber Holt, and a long-time volunteer, have created questionnaires and parameters that help us measure the interactions, connection and support that our volunteers provide to our Members during weekly visitation. Through Project Impact, our team created the following categories to measure: social engagement, relational connectedness, resilience and greater sense of self-worth.
Along with other Macdonald Center volunteers, our staff will be asking 20 of our long-term Members to take part in these interviews. In the end, our goal is to be able to see how our services have impacted the people we serve, which in the end will help us to remain responsible to the work we are doing. Our hope is that this endeavor will not only help us measure our impact, but also give us the tools and information to move forward in the best way possible, and will allow us to tailor our services to best meet the needs of our members and community.