“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

Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

This resource discusses the importance of evaluating community organizing, outlines the concept of “empowerment evaluation” as a recommended model, and includes a case study that documents the application of the methodology.

Movement Building Indicators

This resource outlines key areas of community organizing for reproductive rights and provides indicators for assessing organizational capacity in these areas.

Marking Progress in Community Initiatives

This resource consists of the theoretical background and discussion of the methodology used to create a formal evaluation of efforts to transform the Chicago social service delivery system.

Gather the People

This resource consists of a series of questions/templates to use in the evaluation of organizers and organizing strategy.