Our Impact

Our Approach

JDC’s approach to impact measurement reflects the diversity and scope of our global work. We apply a unified philosophy to decentralized and program-driven systems that are customized to each area of our work. We utilize the MERL framework — Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning — to ensure organizational resources are used as effectively and efficiently as possible, as well as hold ourselves accountable to our donors, the communities in which we operate, and, most importantly, the people we serve.


We collect & analyze data at both the program and the divisional/regional level.


Our program evaluation includes both internal efforts and external studies, both formative and summative, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.


We gather additional insights and data (qualitative and quantitative) related to the environmental context of our work, as well as the program itself.


Drawing on our monitoring, evaluation, and research, we make informed decisions about our programs.

Special Report

JDC’s COVID-19 Impact

Since March 2020, JDC has led a global response to the coronavirus pandemic. By adapting our transformative work to meet the new reality and launching new programs to address emerging needs, we continue to lift lives and strengthen communities all over the world. To learn more about our pandemic response, DOWNLOAD our COVID-19 fact sheet.

We Provide Aid to Vulnerable Jews

In our care programs, measurement is generally focused on ongoing data collection to ensure quality and efficiency of service provision based on measured need. Specific metrics, especially for measuring outputs, are integral to program management. Examples includes numbers of homecare hours, numbers of food packages, and medical supplies provided. In addition, whenever JDC pilots a new intervention in care, it evaluates the pilot in order to assess the impact and efficiency before scaling the program.


hours of homecare for elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union
Featured Reporting

Impact Report - Former Soviet Union

A data-rich report of JDC's care and community development work across the FSU.

FSU Food Program Study Infographic

Key findings from a study of approaches to providing nutritional support in JDC's food program in the FSU.

We Cultivate a Jewish Future

Efforts in this arena focus on “moving the needle”—looking at intermediate indicators (rather than only at the desired final outcomes) to assess whether programs are heading in the right direction. JDC explores and develops ways of assessing impact in communities, which can help inform overall approaches to community development and nurturing Jewish life.


alumni of JDC’s international summer camp in Hungary, Camp Szarvas

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Featured Reporting

FSU Volunteerism Study

Findings from a study assessing JDC’s volunteerism program, an essential part of JDC’s model for supporting caring, vibrant communities.

European Jewish Leaders and Professionals Survey

Snapshot of findings from the most recent Survey of European Jewish Community Leaders and Professionals.

Vision in Action

Findings from an evaluation of JDC Entwine’s continuum of service and engagement.

Gender and Leadership Report – Latin America

Report on gender and leadership in the Jewish Communities of Latin America and the Caribbean.

We Unlock Human Capital for the Startup Nation

In Israel, JDC promotes innovative, efficient, and measurable system-wide solutions, to strengthen Israeli society and the wellbeing of all its members. JDC leverages its unique relationship with the Government of Israel (GOI), as well as our partnerships with local municipalities, NGOs, the business sector, academia, and philanthropic partners to develop holistic solutions with broad buy-in.

Myers-JDC-Brookdale, JDC’s applied social research institute in Israel, promotes system-wide analysis and crosscutting, inter-ministerial problem solving, using advanced data analytics to address complex policy questions.

Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute is Israel’s leading center for applied social research.

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JDC works in the following ways to address Israel’s most pressing social challenges:

  • JDC uses research and data to draw the “strategic map” of root causes, key players, obstacles, and opportunities, to design programming, advise policy, and improve services.
  • JDC convenes key players and focuses on collaboration-building (architecture) around major social challenges.
  • JDC creates data-driven interventions with the greatest potential for achieving system-wide impact. We use our DNA (Design, Nurture, Accelerate) program development model, along with various other types of interventions, to achieve critical impact.
Featured Reporting

Evaluation of the Better Together Program Summary Report

Evaluation report on JDC’s work creating community resilience to improve the well-being of children and youth and their families in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Israel.

Evaluation of Program to Include Young People with Disabilities in Centers for Young Adults

Study addressing the implementation of an inclusion program for young people with disabilities in the first three Centers for Young Adults in Israel.

Final Report: Retirement Preparation Workshops

Executive summary of a study of retirement preparation workshops and impact on participants.

We Rescue Jews in Danger

Measuring JDC’s Rescue work presents a unique challenge — every moment of Jewish peril is a singular event, with its own context, that often requires urgent action. JDC’s responses are customized for each situation and any associated data collection reflects the situation at hand. Evaluation plays a key role in learning about the impact of programs and improving responses over time.

Over the past 100 plus years, JDC has done a meticulous job of record keeping for its various rescues of Jews around the world; JDC’s Archives are a testament to the success of these efforts. Often, JDC’s rescue work reflects moments in time when Jewish lives are at stake — the complex realities of these situations far exceed the confines of traditional impact measurement.

The evolution of JDC’s responses reflects its ongoing learning and integration of knowledge gained from each event.


Jewish people rescued by JDC and its partners since its founding in 1914
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Report on the Liberation of Children in Two Internment Camps in France, WWII

Translation of a report from the General Union of Jews in France (U.G.I.F.), 3rd Department, Montpellier concerning children incarcerated in French internment camps and those released from the camps.

We Lead the Jewish Response to Global Crises

JDC’s global disaster relief responds to emergent crises and ongoing development needs. Therefore, impact is measured according to the needs of these two different areas of work. In the case of emergency response JDC’s ensures its practice and intervention models reflect international standards, including for measuring outputs in disaster relief, which is a very specialized and challenging space for monitoring, evaluation and learning. JDC deploys ongoing data collection through its local partners and internal after-action reviews. In the case of major disaster responses, JDC deploys external evaluation. In its ongoing development work, JDC utilized ongoing monitoring and periodic evaluation to ensure program oversight, efficiency, and effectiveness.

69 Countries

where JDC has responded to a disaster or other crisis
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Reducing Risks - Developing Psychosocial Capacity of Responders

Findings from an end line survey of a program in Indonesia designed to improve volunteers’ capacity in disaster preparedness. Conducted by JDC’s partner organization.