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A Guide to Evaluating Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I met Madeleine Taylor back in 2009 while I was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Books Guest Post

My Notes from Next Generation Evaluation Meeting

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

These methods included:  Developmental Evaluation , Shared Measurement , and Big Data. Developmental Evaluation was invented by Michael Q.

Lights. Camera. Help. Opens Submissions for Nonprofit Film Festival with Pre-screening in Austin, Texas

Connection Cafe

The Festival will begin on July 31st and up-to-date information can be found at [link]. Last Thursday night I attended the Lights. Camera.

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Creating Your Organization's Social Media Strategy Map

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While secondary research may help inform what general direction you may want to go in, there is no substitute for primary research. Resources.

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5 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

Evaluate your goals and objectives, as an organization.  For more resources on capacity evaluation: Social by Social’s How-To archive.

Can A Public Nonprofit Dashboard Be Your Organization's Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As I mentioned above, integrity needs to be our guide in what information to put online.  Photo Source: Indianapolis Museum of Art Blog.

A Very Brief Primer: Measuring the Return on Investment of Nonprofit Technology

NTEN

ROI -- or Return on Investment -- is a pre- and/or post-evaluation process and analysis of three factors: benefits, costs, and value of a specific technology purchase over time. You'll need both internal information gathering -- looking at previous year's budgets and actual performance, for example -- as well as outside research.

Guest Post: Beth Kanter's SXSWi Nonprofit Panel Roundup

NTEN

At the end of that panel, we all hoped there would be a larger nonprofit presence on the agenda for this 2009. And yes, indeed, in 2009 there were  many more panel proposals. Handheld Awesome Detectors: Sustainable Apps  Making more sustainable choices is getting easier with help ubiquitous information, thanks to passionate geeks.

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Guest Post by Gale Berkowitz: Evaluation for Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth:    This post, Evaluation for Learning , was originally published as a guest post on the Good blog as a response to “ How Might We Celebrate Learning through Evaluation? tweeted the link to the original and one colleague, Michelle Murrain, wrote a reflection called " Evaluation and Being A Learning Organization.".

My Goals For 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Think of how you want to be successful in 2009.  What are your goals for 2009? Flickr Photo from SteveTookIt. So, I've decided to use it.

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Finding the Best People: Strategies for Effective IT Hiring

NTEN

In order to minimize legal liabilities, you should focus on methodically working through this consistent process, treating every candidate equally and carefully, and maintaining appropriate records in regard to information collected and decisions made. Cassie Scarano, Commongood Careers. [Ed. Needs Assessment. Defining the Role.

Awesome use of Twitter: The American Evaluation Association

SocialFish

We call it Esoterica for Evaluators. To explain more, we have installed twitterbar [a Firefox Add-on] on key staff computers. Nicely done!

Happy Information Overload Awareness Day! Here's Some TIps for Reducing It!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Monster Today is Information Overload Awareness Day.  Take my information overload quiz.  Here's one way you might celebrate. 

API Evaluation Framework is here! | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

» API Evaluation Framework is here! The API Framework includes an Excel evaluation tool you can use. Long Live IE6!

The Magic Tweet: Crowdsourcing Opera Analysis

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The opera will be performed throughout the weekend of Deloitte Ignite (4, 5, 6 September 2009).  They're   Photo by 1066. Here's Act 2.

If We Can Do It, So Can You: Mobile Evaluations at the 09NTC

NTEN

Historically, we've accomplished this through the tried and true method of paper evaluations. At the 2009 NTC, we decided to give this system a major tech overhaul by implementing a mobile text messaging version of this: the Mobile Evaluation. This would trigger the next question, and so on until the evaluation was complete.

Guest Post by Steve Waddell: Systems Mapping for Non-Profits - Part 1

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They are diagrams of arrows and nodes that can communicate tremendous amounts of information visually much more easily than volumes of text.  

June Holley and The Art of Being Rhizomatic (The Practice of Network Weaving)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They think about the network structure, evaluation, communication, training, opportunities, and reflection. What the heck is network weaving ?  

Sping Cleaning: Taking Inventory of your Social Media Tools

Amy Sample Ward

Tags: strategy analysis evaluation social media

Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit: 3-Minute Evaluation

Tech Soup Blog

Have you checked out TechSoup's new Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit ? Please take three minutes to respond to our very short survey. Maybe not.

Basic Tips for Evaluating New Technologies for Your Nonprofit

NTEN

of free information. what is marketing and what is actionable information, use all the free. information that is available. may not be aligned with yours, you will find information to form your. own, more informed, opinion. Do you have other tips on evaluating new technologies for nonprofit techies? peers.

How to Develop a (Small-Scale) Social Media Plan

Museum 2.0

What is the evaluation plan? Here is the process I offered them for developing and writing these plans. Part 1: Define your goals. can help.

Pointing at Exhibits, Part 2: No-Tech Social Networks

Museum 2.0

Nor would that information necessarily be compelling to most visitors. exhibition. The Simplicity of Pointing And this brings us back to Race.

Eight Other Ways to "Connect with Community"

Museum 2.0

For more information, please call 415.282.3325 We will do our best to accommodate you! The general public is not a community. Which community?

Basic Tips for Evaluating New Technologies for Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

Take advantage of free information. This post originally appeared on NTEN's blog. Here are some tips to keep in mind: . read more.

Guest Post by Alan Levine: Social Media Recap from NMC 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The other thing we cut out was the old paper based session evaluations. Heck, i t’s time to start thinking about 2010. Previously, On NMC….

What do Maori and Gourma Creation Stories Have In Common With Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

evaluation field, how it has changed and get a deeper understanding of developmental evaluation. Evaluation is not an add-on task. .

Impact of Social Media on the Nonprofit Sector

NTEN

Do you fear social media activities can overwhelm nonprofit organizations’ audiences with too much information and provoke a reverse effect among their target publics? We're in the middle of a huge upheaval in how we -- and by we here, I mean everyone, not just nonprofits -- receive and process information. He who read the fastest won.

Messages, Stories, and Conversations: Creating a Strategy for your organization and your supporters

Amy Sample Ward

Because it isn’t JUST a conversation!  There’s calls to action, story telling, questions and requests, and much more.  Here’s how!

Guest Post on Tactical Philanthropy: Causes, MySpace and ideablob

Amy Sample Ward

Evaluate your community: are you reaching a diverse community or operating in a silo? To some, these events were unimportant. Community.

Six Books About Skills You Need To Succeed in A Networked World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Developmental Evaluation:  Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use by Michael Quinn Patton. Photo By h.koppdelaney. Books

5-Part Social Media Process

Amy Sample Ward

Evaluation. Here’s my list that I think hits at the core of all the other lists for social media strategy. Audience. Resources. Success.

Five Steps to Finding ROI

Amy Sample Ward

Here are some steps that you can walk through either as an individual looking at this process, or as a team in a workshop setting. Problem. Strategy.

My New Year's Resolution: Use Social Media Efficiently - 52 Tips

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you are using a RSS reader, evaluate if it is still works for you. Be a digital curator with your electronic information, not a packrat.

Frameworks and Lessons from the Public Participation in Science Research Report

Museum 2.0

One last thought on evaluation. From a museum perspective, I'm more interested in evaluations of the audience experience of participation.

Overhead: Time to Pull Our Heads Out of the Sand?

Connection Cafe

2009, Fall). In just about any place you look today for advice on fundraising, overhead is being discussed. Findings. Summary of Findings.

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CMS Evals: Leading a horse to water…

Beaconfire Wire

Part of my role of late has been working with clients on Software Evaluations for CMS software. But in many cases, price is a factor.

Advice: An Exhibition about Talking to Strangers

Museum 2.0

recommend you check out the wiki and evaluation report to dig deeply into the content. But the exhibit team did something novel.

Drupal security, and other CMS Report comments

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Drupal security, and other CMS Report comments April 3, 2009 Now that the Idealware CMS report is out, I get to have my say about it. Here’s the first post, there might be more to come. “[.]

The Peer Water Exchange | Blue Planet Run

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

So, your effort to address the needs of your community through a new water or sanitation project is going to be evaluated by a group of people who have been through doing the same thing in their communities. Get this: the funding decisions on their new clean water projects are made by peer project leaders.