Yardstick

Amplify Online combines CSI's experience in social issue research and outcomes measurement, numerous data sets and reporting frameworks, to provide a 'one-stop shop’ in evidence and evaluation. Amplify Online encompasses two, connected, online tools, built from the ground up and encompassing world-class security standards, and leading academic research. INDICATOR ENGINE® guides organisations to the tools they need to measure outcomes and impact with validity and reliability. YARDSTICK® reveals the programs, strategies, and initiatives across the country that are achieving outcomes and impact, and the relative opportunities for their replication and improvement.

 

This is for organisations that are serious about measuring their impact and want to see the difference they’re making for their clients, but also how they’re advancing the sector. Yardstick is a cloud-based database that allows organisations to have the data that they have collected via Indicator Engine automatically analysed. 

Organisations can therefore see how they’re progressing against their own outcome indicators. This enables themto see how they’re contributing to impact across the sector and to learn about and share which strategies lead to impact.

Data collected via the platform is 100% owned by the individual impact organisation.With the organisation’s permission, the data is automatically analysed by the platform to assess client outcomes for programs, interventions, or services. The analysis conducted by the platform offers 5 levels of evidence:

  1. Program outcomes that can be used to inform beneficiaries, leadership and funders of the program's progress.
  2. Between-group comparisons that can help determine if your program is working especially well for specific cohorts, or not working effectively for others.
  3. Timepoint comparison that can help determine the difference your program has generated for your beneficiaries throughout their engagement.
  4. Comparison to the total or a specialised Amplify Online pooled sample to give the sector a yardstick by which to measure program progress.
  5. Population data comparisons to identify how your beneficiaries’ outcomes relate to the broader population.