Measures... Why They are Important?
“Why does measurement matter?”
“Why can’t we be good with the way we are?” People often expect philosophical answers to these questions. However, the real answers should be less about philosophy and more about numbers. The GSRFC understands that answering these questions with numbers makes the activity of measurement more relevant than one might believe. In fact, the significance of sound measurement may actually scare some people from ever seeking hard evidence that they are succeeding or failing at their initiatives. They would simply rather leave well enough alone until responsibility to know the truth is somebody else’s problem.
Ignorance of real facts is not bliss, but simply a delayed solution that may cost our community, those you love, friends, and even your children’s children more than what is in the bank when realities come home to roost. For this reason, the GSRFC seeks to know if we really advanced from one year to the next. But all measurement is not the same. Some measurement is about real progress while other measurements simply provide numbers which distract us from real issues… like diversity and changes in the human condition. We seek to know the truth about our initiative from your perspective.
Truth is, measuring the impact of our initiatives matters because we realize that these initiatives can effect human life and the production of a diverse community. We also realize that Greater Springfield cannot remain good with the way it is because other measurements of change in the human condition informs us that sooner than later, we will be a different community. We can’t wait for natural change to take place, we must act now to be prepared for our new citizenry. It makes sense that we know from where we have grown as a community, but we can get more usage out of knowing how we have grown. When we know the how, then we can plan to advance our community with more effective and relevant programs and activities.
The GSRFC intends to:
- Create meaningful ways to allow people to share their experiences.
- Identify community milestones through data that make the story or racial atonement and faith development relevant to those who seek revelation in their relationships with others.
- Document the overall impact of its initiative.
- Tell the city what people have respond to (components of the collaborative) that may encourage or prompt more activity among the citizenry.
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