Blog Posts

Overcoming Survey Fatigue to Get at the Good Data Your School Needs to Succeed

At Measuring Success, we’ve collected data from more than 1,500 independent schools since 2003. We use general questions that are common among cohorts — so that they can compare themselves to one another — but we also offer schools the ability to customize their surveys. Recently, a school admissions officer […]

New Study: Tuition Increases Don’t Dampen Demand

Do tuition increases adversely affect enrollment in independent schools? Only in rare instances, finds a conclusive new study. In the third major research effort of its kind, a study of “tuition price elasticity” in independent preK-12 schools finds that there is statistically no association between changes in tuition pricing and […]

What Inspires, Or Doesn’t Inspire, Jewish Day School Alumni to Engage With Their Alma Mater?

By Dr. Harry Bloom, Senior Vice President of Client Solutions, Measuring Success. As Jewish day schools work mightily to generate the funds to improve the quality of their programs, maximize mission-compatible enrollment, and strengthen volunteer leadership, they need to tap into every potential resource. I would assert that no available […]

What Jewish Day Schools Do to Graduate Alumni Willing to Advocate for and Patronize Their Alma Maters

By Dr. Harry Bloom, Senior Vice President of Client Solutions, Measuring Success. In the private school world, alumni represent a major source of endowment funding, volunteer and advocacy power, and enrollment potential– when they send their children to their alma maters. This is critical support that Jewish day schools need […]

The Independent and Jewish Day School Alumni Experience: What the Research Tells Us

By Dr. Harry Bloom, Senior Vice President of Client Solutions, Measuring Success. The alumni of independent schools are a vitally important resource for their alma maters. Their perspectives and testimony are important indicators of their schools’ value. Alumni are potent ambassadors to prospective new families and donors and important potential […]

Measuring Jewish Day Schools through Surveys and Feedback Loops for Continuous Improvement

HAYIDION THE RAVSAK JOURNAL Surveys, Feedback Loops and Continuous Improvement by Sacha Litman Issue: Taking Measure It has become the norm for companies to seek feedback constantly via email or phone surveys after we make a purchase, or to track sentiment (and take corrective actions) about them on social media. […]

Linking the (Big) Data Silos for Collective Impact

By Sacha Litman Funders are investing billions of dollars trying to move the needle on a variety of social issues. How do they know, though, if they are funding the right people, programs, and organizations to achieve their desired goals? Take at-risk youth. CEOs of after-school programs and education non-profits […]

Can Innovators be Data-Driven?: Response to “Could the Incessant Demand for Data Kill Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector?

How can data and innovation, with its inherent risk, coexist? In his recent blog post, “Could the Incessant Demand for Data Kill Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector?” nonprofit communications professional and USC Professor Gary Wexler argues that maybe they shouldn’t. Data “may be killing some very good ideas that are […]

Bigger Data, Better Results?

Originally posted in Net Assets, the bimonthly magazine of NBOA. Data can help independent schools attract better potential students, produce stronger educational outcomes and generate more alumni donations. Click here to view pdf.

The Importance of Your Organization’s Perceived Value

As many of our clients suffer losses in membership, enrollment, or donors, the conclusion tends to be that these losses are caused by increased customer price sensitivity. As a result, many organizations decide that the answer is to cut costs, thereby enabling them to reduce the price to consumers. While […]