How do you measure impact?

We’re not actively measuring our impact yet, but see below for what we’d like to measure when we have the capacity.

1. Political Education
– percent of news from mainstream sources vs. grassroots sources

2. Political Behavior
– percent that each member has replaced the top 7 toxic Chinese behaviors with life-affirming ones

3. Procedural Activism
– percent of event attendees who are successfully onboarded to building Rad Chinese according to their capacity and interest
– seasonal response to survey that measures the transparency of decision-making processes and power in Rad Chinese

4. Strategic Activism
– % time spent supporting systems that support or reproduce capitalist white supremacy vs. grassroots systems of inclusion

Using this measurement of impact, what are the org’s short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals?

1. Short-term Goals (next 3 months)

Political Education – Get a 2nd Rad BYOB running, so we can produce more content so that people can rely less on corporate news sources and more on grassroots ones.

Political Behavior – Create a process for members to systematically turn discussions into activities that support people in turning their beliefs into actions.

Procedural Activism & Strategic Activism – Reach 1000 members during which these metrics will become relevant.

2. Medium-term Goals (3-9 months)

Political Education – Get a Rad BYOB running that focuses on place-based concerns rather than identity-based ones. This kind of meetup will require a different meeting structure and prepwork and has the benefit of affecting hyper-local change.

Political Behavior – Identify the top 7 most toxic behaviors for Chinese-Americans and create a process for measuring members’ progress towards replacing them with life-affirming ones.

Procedural Activism & Strategic Activism – Reach 1000 members during which these metrics will become relevant.

3. Long-term Goals (1-2 years)

Political Education – For Chinese people in the US age 18-35, create a coherent strategy for having grassroots content take up 50% of news consumption for 50% of people.

Political Behavior – Create feedback loops that inform improvements to the process of supporting people while they replace their 7 most toxic behaviors. Using a set process, the quickest members replace these toxic behaviors in 3 months.

Procedural Activism – Successfully onboard members, defined as giving at least 1 hour per month, at 50% of attendees. Create and give the survey on transparency of power and decision-making process and get a 4/5 on the score.

Strategic Activism – Identify the most toxic system facet that plagues our membership of 1000+ and begin to develop our own system of inclusion to replace that facet. Use this replacement to recruit more people into Rad Chinese.

Based on how the org is doing, how long will it take to reach the medium-term goal?

To reach our medium-term goals (see above), we’ll need about 100 members and 7-10 simultaneous Rad BYOB groups. Here is the tentative timeline for reaching these goals:

1. Oct 15, 2017 – Create smooth onboarding process so folks can run their own Rad BYOBs
2. Jan 15, 2018 – reach 100 members
3. Apr 15, 2018 – identify 7 most toxic behaviors and begin measurement

What needs to happen that isn’t happening so that the org can reach its medium-term goal?

A reasonably defined and automated onboarding process is on-track for completion by Oct 15.

Because we currently prioritize onboarding at the cost of doing no outreach, we lack experience doing outreach beyond a few private facebook posts. We don’t know if our current onboarding process works effectively with people who aren’t self-selected.

Of special concern is how to train others to run their own Rad BYOB. It might take 2-3 months for people to feel confident in running their own, so that lead time limits the short-term growth of Rad Chinese. We may not be able to hold space for 100 members because we may only have capacity for 3-5 Rad BYOBs rather than 7-10.

These concerns will be dealt with after we complete our onboarding process.