You can now clarify how your organization defines success when you are sharing progress and results metrics in the Platinum Seal section.
Once you've selected your metrics, you'll be asked to enter details about each metric. The Direction of Success is a way to signal the general goal for your metric over time. Using the drop down menu, select from one of three categories.
Increasing - Choose this option when you hope to grow the values related to this metric over time. Organizations tend to choose this option when the metric descries a positive result or resources that contribute to the programming.
Examples of metrics you would like to see increase may include: number of clients served, number of clients who go on to graduate from college, and total donations received.
Decreasing - Choose this option when you hope to reduce the value related to this metric over time. Organizations tend to choose this option when the metric describes negative consequences or contextualizes a problem.
Examples of metrics with a decreasing direction of success might include: number of cancer diagnosis, number of maternal deaths, and recidivism rate of clients.
Holding Steady - Choose this option when you hope to keep the values related to the metric the same over time. Organizations tend to choose this option when the metric reflects an overall goal or when there is very little room for improvement on a particular metric.
Examples of metrics where success is holding steady may include: percent of women served and maintain rental occupancy rate.