Launching the Giving Games Platform and new facilitator tools

post by KathrynMecrow · 2019-06-01T21:03:13.533Z · score: 25 (11 votes) · EA · GW · 2 comments

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  How do we measure our impact?
  Why a Platform?
  How to use the Platform
  What next?
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The Giving Games Project is delighted to make available a customizable Giving Games Platform and instructions for each stage of its use. This is a core component of our efforts to improve and systematize our impact tracking. The Life You Can Save and the Giving Games Project would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Luke Freeman for his tireless work creating the Platform and for his guidance on each stage of our impact tracking and David Moss and Catherine Low for their guidance on the concept and survey design. Our website has now been updated to include the Platform and our new materials.

How do we measure our impact?

The Giving Games Project’s new approach to measuring our impact primarily looks at three core criteria:

We heavily rely on the administration of surveys and facilitator reports to enable us to identify strengths and weaknesses in our approach and to evidence our impact. Since the beginning of 2019, we have administered surveys immediately before and after the Giving Game. We additionally request email addresses from participants in order to contact them one month later with a follow-up survey. You can find further details in our recent post, “How the Giving Games Project Tracks Its Impact,” on The Life You Can Save’s Blog or EA Forum.

Why a Platform?

In the 2018 Giving Games Annual Report, we identified that the biggest priority in the near term was to encourage as many Giving Game facilitators as possible to administer an online survey immediately after their Giving Games were held. This priority was identified due to a gap in our data; we only had survey data for ~20% of Giving Games participants. This was a serious limitation in our impact tracking and particularly problematic due to the importance we place upon post-Game survey reports and survey data in evidencing our impact.

We have since introduced a number of measures (described in detail in “How the Giving Games Project Tracks Its Impact”) which have ensured that surveys are administered in each of our sponsored Giving Games. We hope that the platform will provide a user- and facilitator-friendly way to incorporate the surveys into Giving Games, while providing us with one centralized place to collect and analyze data. Critically for our very lean team, the Platform automatically subscribes participants who opt in to the relevant mailing lists, records the amounts to be donated through our Donor Advised Fund (DAF), and completes automatic calculations on the difference between the pre-and post- Giving Game survey responses for our impact tracking.

How to use the Platform

All stages of running a Giving Game are now managed through the Giving Games Platform. We have updated our materials, including our Instruction Manual, to reflect that survey administration is essential in all sponsored Giving Games. We would be grateful if anyone running a Giving Game which is not sponsored by The Life You Can Save can help us to track our impact. We can assist you in any aspect of setting up the Giving Games Platform and are happy to provide customized options. Instructions can be found in our resource library. The Platform has information for Giving Games Facilitators and Giving Games Participants. Giving Games Facilitator” allows facilitators to:

“Giving Games Participant” allows participants to:

What next?

If you are facilitating Giving Games, please move onto the Platform and give us as much feedback as possible on how it is functioning by contacting Kathryn. We welcome feedback so please get in touch with any questions.

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comment by aarongertler · 2019-06-04T04:04:55.168Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

If someone wants to get a group code for their Giving Game, is there a way to do so aside from emailing you directly?

comment by KathrynMecrow · 2019-06-04T14:21:21.666Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Hey Aaron! Yes, indeed. If you go to https://game.thelifeyoucansave.org/admin and press "Create a new Giving Game" you fill out the details and it will send you a Number and password. This is in the Instructions for the Platform here <https://drive.google.com/open?id=17ye2I5NUUAJu-oK-ZXXaGTuo6RMp6v7Post8wy2zI7A> also on our resources page. Thank you, Kathryn :)