October 12, 2018

Professor Mary Kay Gugerty’s Book named Best Nonprofit Book of the Year

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management yesterday presented the 2018 Terry McAdam Book Award to Professor Mary Kay Gugerty and her co-author for their recent book,  The Goldilocks Challenge: Right-Fit Evidence for the Social Sector (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Now in its 30th year, the Alliance’s Terry McAdam Book Award Committee reviews books published in the nonprofit sector; highlights the very best thinking in management, governance, and capacity building; and helps expose practitioners to new knowledge and approaches in the field. This year, after reviewing 21 nonprofit capacity-building books published in 2017 or 2018, the committee determined that The Goldilocks Challenge best exemplified the spirit of the award: research-to-practice principles; relevance to the whole nonprofit sector; persuasive reasoning; and readability.

From the Committee:  The Goldilocks Challenge is about measuring impact. Measuring impact: we all want to do it, know we have to do it…and are all too often frustrated by one-size-fits-all expectations of how to do it, expectations based on large nonprofits that represent so few of the organizations that most of us work with. The Goldilocks Challenge offers a solution: an impact measurement framework that helps organizations decide what elements they should monitor and measure. This framework is based on four principles, called the CART principles: Credible data; Actionable data; Responsible data; and Transportable data. Dive in to learn more about the CART principles and how you can immediately begin using them with the organizations you work with.

Congratulations, Professor Gugerty!