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Ways to measure and evaluate network success

Evaluating and measuring the success of the network helps keep you and your members on track to meet collective goals.

Use our sample measurements and discussion questions to identify measures of success that make sense for your network.

How to measure impact

You can evaluate your network's impact by measuring activities and outcomes. We provide examples of qualitative and quantitative measurements your network can use to evaluate success.

We recommend using a variety of qualitative and quantitative measurements so that you can demonstrate your work with numbers and statistics as well as with stories that demonstrate the network's impact in the community.

Qualitative measurements

  • What new collaborations have formed as a result of the network?
  • How have new collaborations impacted older adults, caregivers, professionals, or other stakeholders?
  • How have community needs been addressed through network activities?
  • What progress has each working group made toward its goals?
  • Do network members feel they have increased their knowledge about elder financial exploitation, community resources, and other members’ roles?
  • How do members feel they have benefited from participation in the network?
  • Do participants feel their knowledge of elder financial exploitation prevention and response has increased as a result of the training?
  • Does the network have representation from diverse stakeholders?

Quantitative measurements

  • Number of trainings provided to older adults; number of older adults trained
  • Number of trainings provided to professionals; number of professionals trained
  • Average ratings provided by training participants on training feedback forms
  • Whether average ratings for trainings have increased, remained the same, or decreased over time
  • Number of public outreach events, activities, or PSAs
  • Number of printed materials distributed
  • Number of cases reviewed by multidisciplinary case review team; number of inter-network case referrals made
  • Increase in reporting frequency for financial exploitation (to law enforcement or APS)
  • Frequency of network and/or working group meetings
  • Number of stakeholders who participate in network working groups
  • Number of active network members – increasing or decreasing?
  • Amount of network funding – increasing or decreasing?

Evaluation questions for working groups

Your network can evaluate and measure impact both at the network level and at the working group level. Consider providing each working group with these questions to help them examine their progress in reaching their goals.

  • What measurable progress have we made toward our goals?
  • What updates do we need to make to our goals?
  • What new strategies or activities could we try in order to reach our goals?
  • What metrics can we use to gauge progress?
  • What new goals can we set?
  • Are there better ways to achieve our goals?