Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact

TRASI

Help

In this section, you will find a list of tips for using TRASI. For frequently asked questions, please visit the FAQs page. If you have additional questions about the TRASI database or any other information on our site, please e-mail us at: TRASI@foundationcenter.org.  

Tips for learning more about assessment in general:

  • Read Terms Defined to familiarize yourself with the language.
  • Visit McKinsey's Learning for Social Impact portal, which offers a framework for approaching impact measurement that coincides with the terminology in TRASI.
  • Check out the PubHub reports on the Community page.
  • Use the keyword search to see if organizations you know have tools in TRASI or are listed as users in the Extent of Adoption section. You can also visit the Browse page to sort by sponsor.
  • Visit the Browse page and sort by Approach to see all of the best practices together. Read their descriptions. Then pick a few and explore the Find Out More links.
  • Select the guide or case study tag from the Search page or type "guide" and/or "case study" into the keyword search. Click on some of the results and look for links to guides or case studies in the Find Out More section.

Tips for finding specific tools or resources that can help you begin an assessment:
  • Click on the ready-to-use tag on the Search page. You can also enter "ready-to-use" in the keyword search, along with other keywords, or in conjunction with checkbox criteria.
  • If you are looking for something very specific, such as a phone survey, a checklist, a self-assessment, etc., try searching by tag or keyword.
  • When using the checkbox search, leaving some categories blank will broaden your search and return more results.
  • Hover your cursor over the terms next to checkboxes for definitions as you search.
  • Once you have found assessments that interest you, click on the links in the Find Out More box to learn more about them and their implementation, and/or to purchase them, hire a consultant, or contact the sponsor with questions.
  • Selecting "Strategic Assessment" under More Search Options in the checkbox search will lead to assessments that offer a written evaluation report upon completion.
  • If you are coming from McKinsey's Learning for Social Impact site and are familiar with their framework, try using the checkbox search to search by Type of Intervention and Stage of the Solution. (You can find these two categories by selecting More Search Options at the bottom of the Search page.) This corresponds to screen four of the McKinsey workbook and pages 3-6 of their Overview document.
  • Keep in mind that tools, methods, and best practices have been classified as mutually exclusive categories. In addition, the "Certification" criteria only applies to tools, and the "Planning Techniques" category only applies to methods and best practices.
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