What community metrics do you actually care about?

I’m trying to establish better thoughts (for myself) about community metrics that I actually care about.

Below is a screenshot from Discourse for this Rosieland Forum/Village which I generally find helpful from a ‘heartbeat’ and ‘is everything going in the right direction?’ angle.

I guess as part of community building we want to prove we are providing value and often metrics are what we turn to. However, I kinda of feel it should be metrics mixed in with valuable outcomes.

Metrics are meaningless unless there are also valuable outcomes at the end.

When I think of outcomes I mean things like: successful collaborations and co-creations, personal members growth, and people getting real help and answers.

What metrics do you actually pay attention to? And (how) do you measure any specific outcomes?


This. We should measure what we value, not value what we measure. (It’s the first rule of monitoring and evaluation)

When people ask about metrics, I recommend a combination of activity and impact in line with the agreed community strategy.

Community strategy (in brief) is obtained by answering this question: How does bringing people together solve customer/user problems and deliver organisational aims?

Community metrics will be: community health/activity, member/org needs met, tangible value to member/org, and evidence of quality/satisfaction.

These will change depending on the organisation, the type of community, and the type of community.

For the community I lead, we aim to reduce isolation, provide information and support, and help people feel heard and supported, as well as delivering a scalable and high quality service that people need and funders want to fund. Metrics enable us to prove ROI, attract funding, and demonstrate value.

Maybe I should write a blog about this…