Sourcing today is being described many different ways, with definitions sometimes in violent opposition. At SourceCon just recently I presented a session introducing clarity around practical ways to measure success in sourcing — whether you work alone or as part of a team. There is a broad variety of sourcing models, encompassing everything from teams of dedicated Internet and telephone researchers to mixed roles involving outreach of both active and passive candidates as well as combinations of recruitment marketing, social media, RPOs, and multiple vendors. As such, a “number of hires” metric is inadequate at expressing the value of the sourcing function.
I've experience well over 200 sourcing models throughout my career now, and I have continuous conversations with recruitment thought leaders around the world. Because of that I believe I have one of the most comprehensive perspectives of what it takes to create a successful sourcing function, and how to evaluate if yours is on the right path. Check out the Prezi I did at SourceCon: