Measuring What Matters Conference Follow Up

Thank you again for participating in Measuring What Matters on May 30th at UVM–a collaboration of the Gund Institute, GNHUSA, Common Good Vermont and Benchmarks for a Better Vermont.

Conference participants came primarily from the fields of education, environment, community and economic development and human services.

Survey results indicate general satisfaction with the conference: 82% of respondents considered it to be a valuable use of their time, while 17.4% were not sure.

Most respondents “learned new concepts” and “gained perspective” (82%) and believe the conference will make “some difference” (71.1%) in their work.  More than 60% made useful contacts, but would have liked more time to network.

The opening plenary was met with mixed reviews, with request for “less about the why and more about the how”. Many felt the break-out sessions could have been better organized in order to be most productive.

Half of those surveyed indicated an interest in participating in the upcoming Vermont Data Working Group and learning activities related to Measuring What Matters.

Some helpful comments:

It helped me to understand GPI and RBA and how they relate to other efforts to measure the impact of public policy and mission-focused work around the state.

If there is to be a serious policy discussion there needs to be more consideration of the link between policy and data. You can measure all you want, but if you can’t tell whether the outcomes had anything to do with your actions, the effort is useless. You need to get beyond the data and start thinking about what you want to learn and why it matters. Data and knowledge are two different things.

You can find the conference materials, including the presentations here.

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