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A Guide to Evaluating Networks

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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

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

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

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

Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit: 3-Minute Evaluation

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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.

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.

Raise Money on Facebook: Four Strategies You Need to Know About


As of September 2009, scores of Facebook applications have been developed to support the nonprofit sector in one way. Over $5 million has been raised in 2009 alone. In April 2009, the Washington Post published a critique of Facebook Causes on the basis that it wasn't an effective tool for raising money. and Canada. Conclusion.


Advice: An Exhibition about Talking to Strangers

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

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


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.

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

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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.

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

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

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


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.

How To Avoid 8 Common Performance Evaluation Pitfalls

Eric Jacobsen Blog

So, here is a good reminder from author Sharon Armstrong about how to avoid eight performance evaluation pitfalls. based in Overland Park, KS.

Evaluating Wikis


TWiki, along with Confluence , SocialText and other platforms, include (either natively or via an optional plugin) tabular data -- spreadsheet like pages for tracking lists and numeric information. TWiki and others include built-in form generators, allowing you to better track information and interact with Wiki users. You might be.

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

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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.

How do you create a culture that is not afraid to fail (or be more receptive to social media?)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We're quick to proclaim that social media doesn't work, feel some shame, and drop it.  We look at the wrong measures or unrealistic outcomes.

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

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

Guest Post by Gale Berkowitz: Evaluation for Learning

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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.".

The Magic Tweet: Crowdsourcing Opera Analysis

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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.

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

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

Impact of Social Media on the Nonprofit Sector


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.

Guest Post: Beth Kanter's SXSWi Nonprofit Panel Roundup


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.

Awesome use of Twitter: The American Evaluation Association


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

Finding the Best People: Strategies for Effective IT Hiring


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.

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

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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….

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.

SXSW: Social Media Nonprofit ROI Poetry Slam - Slides, Links, and Poems (long)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While we have a number or random staff also creating relationships with people that are interested in what they do, the programs allow for a very specific audience to collect information about what they are most interested in. offer real-time valuable information for people affected and their families. Come measure success. Thanks!

Guest Post by Stephanie McAuliffe: Network Effectiveness Tides and Tables

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Photo by Bart Maguire Note from Beth:   I invited Stephanie to publish her blog post about the network evaluation discussion we had with Michael Quinn Patton yesterday.   If you have thoughts, please join the discussion over here. Evaluation Table We tried to figure out the axis for a two dimensional grid. Coordinate ? Cooperate ?

Do Social Media Nightmares Encourage Adoption? The Answer Might Surprise You!

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Does not equate informality or personality with a lack of quality.   Photo by TCMHitchHiker. think it is culture.  Style of Working.

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!

Drawing Networks on Napkins with Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor, Co-Authors of Net Gains

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We also discussed the whole issue of network evaluation and the difficulty of measuring those relationships versus a specific impact.

Save the Date for Windows 7 on October 22

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The commercial featured the cutest little spokesperson you've ever seen. link] href="[link] and. If you want to check out the cute ad, you can.

The Multi-Platform Museum: Coming Live to You on May 18

Museum 2.0

You know how Ira Glass recently broadcast his radio show This American Life live to movie theaters across North America?

Sping Cleaning: Taking Inventory of your Social Media Tools

Amy Sample Ward

Tags: strategy analysis evaluation social media

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


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.

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.

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

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

Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere, February 20-26

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Chris presents a recording of our recent webinar on Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This user needs help evaluating the e-learning application MyiCourse. In case you missed it, here's what we've had to say over the past week. From the TechSoup Community: TechSoup Blog. Kevin considers a recent report on Web 2.0

Online Communications that Don't Suck


Prospects and stakeholders who interact with you online have only your online communications to evaluate your organization. The website is a gateway to all Federal domestic HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and research information. John Kenyon , Jennie Anderson, , and William Neuheisel, DC Central Kitchen. pitiful.

7 Tips for Measuring the Success of Your Blog

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Do they include information from a lot of outside resources? What’s the tone—formal or informal?   Photo by the TruthAbout. If not, why?