Getting to Outcomes: A User's Guide to a Revised Indicators Framework for Education Organizing

by Eva Gold; Elaine Simon; Renata Peralta

Jan 1, 2013

Research for Action (RFA) has been among those engaged in education organizing research and has drawn on its previous efforts–as well as the knowledge built by community organizing groups and other researchers–to create this User's Guide. The Indicators Framework can serve as a tool to help education organizing groups engage in self-reflection and evaluation of their efforts. Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER) commissioned RFA to update its theory of change, developed in partnership with CPER in 2002. The theory of change explains how education organizing works to strengthen communities and improve schools. Accompanying this theory of change was a set of indicators that could be used to assess the outcomes of the organizing process. This updated Indicators Framework reflects the adaptations education organizing groups are making in response to the new education realities, and to over a decade of experience working to change schools in low-income neighborhoods.

  • Funders can use a theory of change and a set of indicators to ground their understanding of education organizing.
  • The indicators can help them understand the relationships among the various activities of organizing groups and their respective outcomes. This can help funders to structure their giving, and ultimately demonstrate the value of their investments.
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