“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

Leveraging Limited Dollars

A documentation and summary of 6 studies on the impact of funding community engagement, organizing, and policy change work, arguing that each $1 of philanthropic funding yields $115 of benefits to communities.

Measuring Community Engagement

This resource describes efforts in Australia to measure the impact of basing public policy development in a process that intentionally creates space for community engagement.