“As organizing has continued to evolve, more attention is being paid to larger impacts and ‘scaling up,’ putting a focus on networks of organizations changing the political landscape and the way people think about issues. Evaluating the work is an important part of building capacity for this kind of growth in the community organizing field.”

-David Haiman,
community organizing capacity builder
and Catholic University instructor

Community organizing brings communities together to advance shared goals. Properly evaluating those efforts can lead to success over time. We have found that the range of organizing styles, approaches, and philosophies used by nonprofits can make it challenging to formulate a consistent mechanism for evaluating the organizing process and its outcomes. To help raise the profile of and encourage investment in community organizing, we developed Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO). RECO brings together a multitude of resources from various organizations and leaders in the field.

Several of the new RECO resources focus on network and movement building reflecting a current trend in community organizing.

For a list of these resources alphabetically as a PDF document, click here.


RECO Resources


51 resources found

Power Analysis Survey

This resource provides a tool designed to help communities understand power dynamics and incorporate this understanding into planning for social change efforts.

My Healthy Organization Assessment Guide

This resource provides an overview of a tool designed to integrate social justice and movement building values into assessments of organizational effectiveness and capacity.

Case Study of a Movement Network Leader: Eveline Shen

This resource provides a description of the movement leadership of Evelyn Shen. In addition to providing descriptive information of Ms. Shen’s work, the resource provides insight into how to assess the impact of movement network building. Lastly, the resource delineates keys to effective network building that can be used as evaluative measures.

Capturing Concepts

This resource provides a comprehensive approach to planning community change efforts and creates direct links between planning and evaluation.

Getting to Outcomes: A Users Guide to a Revised Indicators Framework for Education Organizing

The authors of this resource, working under the auspices of Research for Action, originally published a theory of change and corresponding indicators for education organizing in 2002. Since then, the authors conducted a series of interviews with and reviewed case studies of education organizing groups in order to revise these tools. This updated framework is intended to be of use to education organizing groups, funders, and educators. The report identifies how each group might find the information useful.

CFJ Campaign Tools

This resource consists of planning and reflection tools for the development of community organizing campaigns.