the numbers… part one: Fidelity

I’m not opposed to success. I just think we should accept it only if it is a byproduct of our fidelity. If our primary concern is results, we will choose to work only with those who give us good ones. -Fr. Greg Boyle


Stories are what most represent our fidelity to people. Without the stories, like the ones Tim shared in this post, there is no truth to the numbers. Our work is not a success, without sincere, binding devotion to each person’s uniqueness. The percentages are not compelling, unless the probability of relationships growing in every person’s life are greater.

Below is a fancy infograph of our last 6 months of outcomes as an organization.

Try to imagine the numbers in a new way. Imagine that these numbers can breathe. Imagine they have a smile, a shoulder to lean on, a twinkle in their eye enticing you. Imagine they are as familiar to read as your best friend, as honest as your grandmother, as unique as the snowflake. Sit down with them, heat up a pot of tea, and wait for the numbers to speak to you. Then, listen. Listen as 92 times an infinite number of stories unfold. Stop counting, and see the relationships, the respect, the contributions binding communities together.

All dressed up in their Sunday’s best, they sure do look sharp – especially since they live in an amalgamation of Excel spreadsheets and the too many manila folders on my desk, but remember the true beauty lies behind our fidelity to the stories those graphs and pie charts hold.

Take a look:

outcomes measurements data infograph cincinnati

at a glance..

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About katiebachmeyer

I like to collect stuff. But non-material stuff-- like friendships, stories, and wisdom from older people with smile wrinkles. This kind of stuff isn't always well organized or labeled in boxes, but it makes up who I am.
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6 Responses to the numbers… part one: Fidelity

  1. jackjr158 says:

    Maybe the best “outcomes report” I’ve ever seen. Makes it clear what’s important and what people did relative to those important things.

  2. tmariew says:

    Your words “Our work is not a success, without sincere, binding devotion to each person’s uniqueness”. These few words explain exactly what makes the relationship~building that’s happening through Starfire so amazing and beautiful. !

  3. katie i love anecdotes and stories and coffee conversations so much more than raw data, but this is a wonderful breakdown of all the stories and work people have been doing.

    It’s so respectful to read your words, “Try to imagine the numbers in a new way. Imagine that these numbers can breathe. Imagine they have a smile, a shoulder to lean on, a twinkle in their eye enticing you. Imagine they are as familiar to read as your best friend, as honest as your grandmother, as unique as the snowflake. Sit down with them, heat up a pot of tea, and wait for the numbers to speak to you. Then, listen. Listen as 92 times an infinite number of stories unfold. Stop counting, and see the relationships, the respect, the contributions binding communities together.”

    i love that!

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