To help organizations increase their impact by putting their vision into action.
Keep it simple, strategically. It doesn't have to be complicated to be effective.
To be viable in today's market, nonprofits must be able to demonstrate the difference they are making. Yet many find the process overwhelming.
How We Can Help
If terms like logic model, theory of change, outputs vs. outcomes vs. indicators, and metrics leave you feeling anxious, annoyed, or lost, you're not alone. We get it, and we're here to help.
Innovations Quantified (IQ) uses familiar metaphors and basic templates to demystify terms and concepts, and get you on to more important things..like serving your constituents more efficiently and effectively!
Our approach is not one size fits all. It is driven by the realities of your particular organization, and designed to be managed without outside help.
Depending on your situation, IQ might help you:
- Map out the connection between your organization's actions and outcomes, and ensure alignment with your mission
- Identify and refine tools for collecting information, incorporating your existing operations whenever possible
- Find ways to make learning from and sharing your results a regular habit
How We Got Here
IQ was founded in 1999 to address the nonprofit community’s growing need for practical assistance with outcome measurement and evaluation.
Today, IQ's expanded services include training and facilitation on program planning and implementation, always with a focus on outcomes.
Headquartered in New York City, IQ works with nonprofits and grantmakers from across the country and internationally. To date, no organization has proven too big or too small to help!
[Read what IQ’s clients have to say about their experience.]
Where We're Headed
Our vision is a nonprofit sector that is truly outcome-focused. A sector where organizations begin every initiative with a clear picture of the change they seek, and then pay attention to whether it happens. A sector where foundations actively support agency efforts to measure and learn from their findings. A sector where information about past efforts helps guide future decisions to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. And we are committed to train, write, coach, consult, and collaborate on the topic until that vision is achieved!
As founder and Chief Consultant, Laurel serves as IQ's backbone and driving force. Her passion, attention to detail, and commitment to quality prevail in every aspect of the business.
Laurel began her life as a public servant at age 10, when she organized a neighborhood event and donated all of the proceeds ($25!) to charity. Since then, in addition to her work as a consultant, she has served in direct service and supervisory roles in rural Vermont, urban Atlanta, and numerous points in between.
Laurel’s hands-on experience and passion for public service are complimented by her formal education. She holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management from New York University and a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the College of the Holy Cross.
For her academic and professional endeavors, she has been honored with awards including the Robert F. Wagner Award for Public Service, the Thomas Imse Award for Dedication to Social Change, and the NYU Alumnae Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service.
Laurel is a member of the American Evaluation Association, Association of Nonprofit Specialists, Nonprofit Action Network, Organization Development Network, and Wagner Performance Management Professionals Colloquium. She also serves as Secretary and Program Committee Chair for the Association of Nonprofit Specialists, and is on the Selection Committee for the 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards.