Stage 4 of the Lean Social Impact Method: Let’s get analytical, itical…

Let’s get analytical, iticalIf, right now, you’re cursing me for putting Olivia Newton John in your head, I can only apologise and remind you that any blog posts involving stuff like ‘analytics’ is always made better when the blow’s somewhat softened.

That said, this stage, stage 4 of the Lean Social Impact Method is actually my favourite.

So, let’s waste no more time…

Stage 4 – Analyse

This really is my fave stage, as you get to find out what the data is telling you.

It’s where you find out whether your current efforts are bringing you closer to your ultimate goal or not.

Now, you might shy away from that a bit, as I understand the result could go either way, however, it’s actually the only way to know for sure.

OK, so at this stage you need to answer six questions to see what the data is telling you:

Q1: What outcomes have you successfully delivered?

Q2: Which outcomes haven’t been so successful?

Q3: Did you expect to deliver particular outcomes and find out that you don’t actually achieve them?  If so, why is that?

Q4: Are there any unintended outcomes or negative outcomes that stakeholders told you about?

Q5: Do certain stakeholder characteristics affect the types of outcomes they achieve (e.g. age, health, geographical location, gender)?

And then, this will help you come to an organic understanding to answer the final question…

Q6: How well are you achieving your ultimate goal based on the data you have collected?

It seems like a lot of questions, but trust me on this, they’re the right questions you need to ask in order to get to the right answer.

And that’s stage 4 locked and loaded! Look out for the final stage next week.

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