Starr insists that it is imperative to research and look at projects while trying to figure out what works and working with that. The speaker makes a valid point when he says,
Too many bad ideas are using up our limited resources and that needs to change.
Individuals, organizations and foundations invest time, money, attention and influence trying to create change, so how can we measure those efforts? Starr believes that the way to detect influence is by gauging the impact it has. If a measurable and lasting impact is created, a valuable difference will be made in the world.
One of the most intelligent and logical points made in this talk by Kevin Starr is when he talks about knowing your mission and knowing what you are trying to do. He stresses the importance of measuring your progress and measuring correctly by including a target population and an outcome. These projects and organizations need to answer four questions: Is it needed? Does it work? Will it get to those who need it? Will they use it correctly when they get it?