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Social Change Entrepreneur. Inspirational Speaker.
Impact Measurement Expert

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About Sheri Chaney Jones

Whether leading a webinar, workshop or presiding as the keynote speaker, Sheri Chaney Jones brings her extensive experience of transforming the bottom line for nonprofits and government organizations and introduces attendees to a fresh approach and insight using data and measurement to impact social change.

For more than 20 years, Sheri Chaney Jones has worked alongside foundation, non-profit, and government leaders to help them use data to solve complex social problems. An author, professor, and internationally recognized expert, Sheri believes in data, metrics, and accountability. After a 10 year career in government evaluating the impact of public funding, Sheri founded Measurement Resources Company in 2010. Now a national firm, Measurement Resources increases the capacity of non-profit and government sector organizations through high-performance practices and data-driven insights.

In 2018, Sheri launched SureImpact to automate and simplify the process of collecting and sharing outcomes and impact data. Sheri is a thought leader on public sector evaluation and applied organizational research.

She is the author of Impact & Excellence: Data-Driven Strategies for Aligning Mission, Culture, and Performance in Nonprofit and Government Organizations (Jossey Bass, 2014).
 
Sheri is passionate about women’s equity and the advancement of girls. She is a Columbus Chapter Past President of the National Association of Women Business Owners and a Commissioner for the Columbus Women’s Commission for the Mayor’s Office.

 

She holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Sheri, her husband Matt and their four children live in Columbus, Ohio.

What Attendees Say

“Great speaker with knowledge that makes sense and easy to understand, Data finally made sense, thank you!”

“You know your “nonprofit” audience. We all appreciated the comment you made that we’re not in nonprofit work for the salaries - but to make a difference in the world.”

“Wonderful, the best presentation on measurements I’ve heard in years.”

“Sheri’s presentation motivated us to look at our data very differently.”

“Great book and presentation! Your guidance on performance measurement will certainly serve this organization in a positive way for many years to come!”

Available Topics and Presentations

TURNING IMPACT MEASUREMENT INTO EQUITABLE AND THRIVING COMMUNITIES

High-performing social-sector organizations collaborate with others to spur on thriving and equitable communities where low- and moderate-income individuals and families have access to the right services at the right time. These services, in turn, improve the beneficiaries’ stability, health, and quality of life. Great social-sector networks define their success by the measurable impact they are making and the effectiveness of the services they deliver relative to the resources at their disposal and the level of need. Leaders of these networks ensure community-wide success by developing a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement that increases the capacity of participating organizations and dramatically improves outcomes for those receiving services. In this session, Sheri will discuss how organizations in the social-good ecosystem can use impact measurement in order to build thriving and equitable communities.

BECOMING A HIGH PERFORMANCE LEADER

Great leaders never take their eyes off their mission. They lead with humility and passion and ethically do whatever it takes to fully realize their mission. By aligning their measures with their mission, they are able to make course corrections when results are less than desirable and turn their success rate around. This presentation is for those leaders who desire to strive for excellence, those who will not stop until they have achieved the greatest degree of impact possible for the constituents and communities they serve.

MEASURE IT & MAXIMIZE YOUR IMPACT – TURN DATA INTO DOLLARS   

Organizations with high-performance measurement cultures go beyond a simple restatement of outputs. They use measurement systems designed to quantify impact and close the loop by fully communicating the impact they achieve. In this session, nonprofit professionals will learn game-changing strategies around gathering and using data to manage to both financial and mission outcomes. Participants will explore how to analyze and report data to achieve lasting programmatic and community impact. When information from this session is implemented, program participants will have the tools proven to increase impact, revenue, efficiency, morale, and positive press.

DATA-DRIVEN STRATEGIES FOR ALIGNING MISSION, CULTURE & PERFORMANCE

Applying data-driven outcomes measurement in the context of a high-performance measurement culture lays the foundation for repeatable, achievable results within individual organizations and rolls out a red carpet for radical transformation throughout the social sector as a whole. This presentation invites attendees to learn key strategies that will strengthen social sector organizations and ultimately drive them towards greater performance. The overarching goal is to improve on how today’s nonprofit and government organizations change lives and circumstances by identifying clear steps that make their work more meaningful, more impactful, and more efficient— as well as more fun!

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Recent Speaking Engagements

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Recent Podcast Appearances

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About Sheri’s Book: Impact & Excellence

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In her original research with over 200 government and nonprofit organizations, Impact & Excellence a strong positive correlation between organizational outcomes and cultures that value data and measurement.

Data-driven change is not, as many have long thought, a way to make the social sector more like the business sector. Quite the contrary—Impact & Excellence is a manual for using measurement to capture the strengths of mission-driven organizations, allowing us to do even more good in the communities we serve.

"Impact & Excellence is an important contribution to the field for nonprofit leaders who not only want to make more of a difference in their communities, but want all of the members of their communities to "know" they did. Jones shows us how to implement the old management maxim, 'You can’t manage what you don’t measure,' and then goes beyond that to demonstrate how great nonprofits can transform themselves by measuring their impact at every level."

Peter Brinckerhoff 
Award-winning author “Mission-Based Management”

 

In an era of tight budgets and funding challenges, social sector organizations are suffering. Public opinion of government agencies and nonprofits is at a remarkable low. Leaders of these organizations need to breathe renewed vitality into the work of promoting the social good.

In Impact & Excellence, Sheri Chaney Jones shows exactly where this vitality will come from. Using the “Five Cs” framework, readers will be inspired to implement measurement cultures, not out of fear, but out of excitement.

This book’s distinctively practical orientation allows leaders to create action plans that account for their unique realities, identifying and overcoming obstacles along the way. Learn what high-performance leaders are doing differently through stories, motivation, and practical tools to help any social sector leader achieve amazing results for their organizations and their communities.

Gold Medal winner of the 2016 Axiom Business Book Award in the Philanthropy/Nonprofit/Sustainability category.

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