Measuring Project Outcomes / Indicators

The project report of a start up non profit organization should clearly spell out the methods that the organization proposes to apply to measure the success of the proposed project. Accordingly the project report should clearly specify the following aspects –

1) Social Impact expected of the program

2) Expected  Outcome of the program proposed by the non profit organization.

3) Indicators to measure the success of programs

4) Means of Verification

A sample taken from the Project report of an existing non profit organization is annexed for reference.

Impact Outcomes Indicators Means of Verification Activities
Adolescent and young people are aware, skillful and taking responsibility to bring positive social change in the community Adolescent/youth Outcomes

  • Adolescents  demonstrate an improvement in lifeskills (covered under the curriculum)
  • Adolescents demonstrate improved awareness on different social issues
  • Increase level of connection and responsibility towards society of targeted  youth
  • Enhanced level of leadership skill among adolescents.

Community Outcomes:

  • Adolescents and young people highlight issues which concern them
  • More supportive environment to nurture youth potential
  • Change in perception towards youth led actions

Organization Outcomes

  • A structured programme for non school adolescents is in place
  • Improvement in understanding about youth issues
  • Enhanced capacity to work with adolescents
  • No of youth led action projects
  • Feedback received on the action projects/ newsletters and campaigns
  • Number and kind of issues highlighted
  • Change in perception about one’s own leadership skills
  • Feedback received from peers and  facilitators
  • feedback received from beneficiaries,
  • Change in perception about social issues among the beneficiaries
  • Number of people attending different youth led activities and their level of involvement
  • Media coverage
  • Kind of resources mobilized from the community
  • A detailed curriculum contextualized for the adolescents  is in place
  • A baseline/profiles of adolescent ‘People for Change’  will be working with is available
  • Insights and learnings are  captured and incorporated into programme design and delivery
  • No of trainings organised and feedback received from beneficiaries
  • Number of fellows working on youth development theme
Individual files, report cards

Action projects ,

photos, media coverage, feedback, reflection note

Issues addressed

Own reflection,  sheets and case studies

Anecdotes, feedback received after action campaigns, Registration,

Media coverage,

kind of support lent to young people – (money, resource materials, space etc.)

The curriculum for  adolescents,

Reports, Documents

Nature and quality of team work

Making change Makers prog.

School going adolescent programme

Youth Resource center

‘People for Change’  clubs in Schools



Internal trainings

Mapping exercise,


Curricullum –delivery,

Finance management,