Every day at the Clinton Foundation, our dedicated colleagues are working hard to make a difference in people’s lives around the world. As members of the Metrics team at the Foundation, we have the privilege of seeing this work in action and its impacts – from all angles.
From program design to social impact, the Metrics team gets to engage with staff, volunteers, partners, and beneficiaries across sectors and around the world to incorporate data and metrics into all that we do.
As a result of our work, we know that more than 20 million students in nearly 35,000 U.S. schools are benefitting from improved physical education, health education, and healthier food; more than 11.5 million patients have access to lower cost treatment and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS; that we’re empowering more than 150,000 smallholder farmers by educating them on the latest techniques and technologies for improving their crop yields, and, in turn, their incomes; and so much more that can be seen on our new website, clintonfoundation.org/behindthenumbers.
Whether we’re working to increase opportunity for girls and women, support smallholder farmers, or help communities address the effects of climate change, we believe each of our initiatives can make a measurable difference. Our team works with our colleagues and other stakeholders to help determine and advance methods for collecting, managing, and using performance data. From needs assessments to impact evaluations, we are committed to understanding what we are doing well and, of equal importance, what we can do better.
From the beginning of a project, we work together to set benchmarks and quantitative goals, and we use both qualitative and quantitative information along the way so that we can make adjustments for continuous improvement and constantly examine how we can touch more lives around the world.
While data and impact measurement is at the center of everything we do, it’s critically important for us to remember what – or rather who – is behind the numbers. Measuring, monitoring, and learning from the data we collect is important, but the people and their stories are much more so. In remembering what’s behind the numbers, we’re able to advance impact measurement that focuses on the nuances of life and the people we serve.
At the Clinton Global Initiative closing plenary session in September, President Clinton took a moment to talk about some of the many people he will never forget. The people he carries around with him are just a few of the millions of people whom the Foundation and its partners are helping live their best life stories.
When our team and our colleagues think about what’s behind the numbers, we see the individuals who comprise the more than 150,000 smallholder farmers who have worked with the Clinton Development Initiative in East Africa; we see the teachers, staff, and students at the nearly 35,000 schools around the U.S. who have collaborated with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation; we see the partners who have come together from across sectors to make more than 3,600 commitments to action to address the world’s most pressing problems; and so much more.
Behind the numbers, we’re able to see the work in action and the difference we’re making to improve lives around the world.
To learn more about what’s behind our numbers, visit clintonfoundation.org/behindthenumbers.