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. This was fairly early in the Foundation’s exploration of networks and Madeleine came in to discuss her approach to evaluating networks.

My Notes from Next Generation Evaluation Meeting

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The opening keynote by Hallie Preskill, Managing Director, FSG talked about the trends setting the stage for new evaluation methods, but also cautioned that these methods would not replace traditional methods. I followed the developmental evaluation thread most closely.

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

Connection Cafe

festival, where films and videos with a cause directly related to a non-profit or grass roots organization will be evaluated on a rigorous criteria by a panel of judges. The Festival will begin on July 31st and up-to-date information can be found at [link].

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Creating Your Organization's Social Media Strategy Map

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Listening and Learning: You're monitoring what stakeholders are saying about your organization, your issue, or programs and using the information to support your marketing goals. Suffering from information overload already, this will cause more.

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5 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

Evaluate your goals and objectives, as an organization. Before sitting down to work on your social media strategy, evaluate what kind of capacity you already have in your network. For more resources on capacity evaluation: Social by Social’s How-To archive. Evaluate.

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. I'm following up on my post suggesting that Wikis should be grabbing a portion of the market from word processors.

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? I'm republishing here because I think several of the principles for evaluation that Gale outlines are very important to approaching how you pilot, monitor, and improve your social media strategy over time so it has impact or ROI. Who is the audience for this information?

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 might be tempted to ignore the latter -- referred to as "intangible benefits" -- but often these are extremely important to illustrate the quantitative information you include in your case for support. Gather information from other nonprofits that have implemented similar technology programs.

My Goals For 2009

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I've had a post in draft for a couple of weeks now about some personal/professional goals or my New Year's resolutions for 2009. I read Chris Brogan's " Your 3 Goals for 2009 " and I loved his process. Think of how you want to be successful in 2009. What are your goals for 2009?


Awesome use of Twitter: The American Evaluation Association


We call it Esoterica for Evaluators. This serves two purposes - it is a useful tool for sharing information about resources and what our members are doing/producing. Check this out.

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. The purpose is to call attention to the problem of Information Overload, how it impacts both individuals and organizations, and what can be done to lessen its impact. Take my information overload quiz.

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. Evaluating Next-Gen Volunteer Opportunity Platforms: Forget about the high school community service club : The next generation of volunteering platforms is here -- from Google's All for Good to the President's Serve.gov.

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). How do you evaluate this? Crowd Voting: This category uses the crowd's judgement to organize vast quantities of information. Photo by 1066.

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. The best interview questions should be: Relevant: focused on the required core competencies without relying on any "unknowable" or organization-specific information. Cassie Scarano, Commongood Careers. [Ed.

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. See larger image here: Map from: Waddell, Steve. 2005. A Learning History of the CARE LAC - Institute for Strategic Clarity Guatemala Poverty Project.

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

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Network weavers are people who intentionally and informally - and often serendipitously - weave new and richer connections between and among people, groups, and entities in networks. They think about the network structure, evaluation, communication, training, opportunities, and reflection.

Sping Cleaning: Taking Inventory of your Social Media Tools

Amy Sample Ward

Twitter Karma is a great tool to use if you want to inventory your Twitter community, clean up any nonreciprocal followers, or simply evaluate your lists. an easy way to approach this is by updating information in the group/fan page every time you send out an enewsletter or action alert).

Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit: 3-Minute Evaluation

Tech Soup Blog

Pangea Foundation's Disaster Relief Communications Hub: ReliefPoint is "a real-time communications hub for national disaster relief coordination and information dissemination." Have you checked out TechSoup's new Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit ?

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. What’s important to focus on in these evaluations. As Laura writes in the introduction: Unfortunately, it’s not easy to evaluate data integration features.

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

Museum 2.0

What is the evaluation plan? Kathryn Fromson worked with a traveling exhibit developer who would like to connect audiences at different venues to each other and to online environmental information related to sustainable choices.

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

Museum 2.0

Nor would that information necessarily be compelling to most visitors. That's where it becomes useful to send certain tidbits of information to particular people, or groups of people.

Eight Other Ways to "Connect with Community"

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Not all staff want to actively lead tours or programs, but if "connecting with community" is a core part of your mission, then all staff should have some aspect of their performance evaluation tied to making nice.

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

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Submitted by Alan Levine, publisher of CogDogBlog Since it is already a week in the rear view mirror, this ought to be my last post about the 2009 NMC Summer Conference. The other thing we cut out was the old paper based session evaluations.

Basic Tips for Evaluating New Technologies for Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

Take advantage of free information. Once you are comfortable in differentiating what is marketing and what is actionable information, use all the free information that is available. This post originally appeared on NTEN's blog.

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. First, paper evaluations use a LOT of paper (1,450 attendees x 6 sessions per attendee). This would trigger the next question, and so on until the evaluation was complete. Karl Hedstrom , NTEN.

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

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Michael Quinn Patton , an evaluation guru, visited the Packard Foundation yesterday. I participated in a lively exploratory conversation about "How do you evaluate network effectiveness?" evaluation field, how it has changed and get a deeper understanding of developmental evaluation.

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? note: This is the second in a fantastic series of guest posts by the authors of Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission.

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

Amy Sample Ward

Do they want information, support, value or recognition; maybe they want to be included, give feedback, share their stories or campaign on your behalf.

Guest Post on Tactical Philanthropy: Causes, MySpace and ideablob

Amy Sample Ward

Here are some places to start: Evaluate your use of social media tools: do you encourage your supporters on other platforms to register on your website, ensuring you have their contact details? Evaluate your community: are you reaching a diverse community or operating in a silo?

5-Part Social Media Process

Amy Sample Ward

By evaluating what resources you already have on hand in the organization, you are much more prepared to fully examine your options. This is really helpful in order to evaluate the appropriate tools for your work. Evaluation.

Five Steps to Finding ROI

Amy Sample Ward

So, how do identify if you are succeeding or evaluate if you are improving? These 5 steps assume that your organization has already used a process to evaluate your audience and your goals and chosen tools and strategies that match the audience and organizational goals.

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

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Another topic that I’ve been tracking for a few years is information overload, with an emphasis on information coping skills. Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use by Michael Quinn Patton. Photo By h.koppdelaney.

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. We used to get information from a handful of sources -- newspapers, books, TV, friends -- and relatively little information was being produced.

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

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On January 1st, I wrote about my goals for 2009 using Chris Brogan's process of selecting three words or larger concepts to frame them. If you are using a RSS reader, evaluate if it is still works for you. It can help you evaluate whether a tool is really valuable.

Frameworks and Lessons from the Public Participation in Science Research Report

Museum 2.0

Earlier this year, a group of informal science researchers, led by Rick Bonney of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, published an extremely useful report on public participation in science research (PPSR). One last thought on evaluation. Tags: evaluation Museums Engaging in 2.0

Advice: An Exhibition about Talking to Strangers

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You can explore the project wiki where we coordinated the exhibit, including the project overview , our six-week plan to get it all done, and individual sections for development of concept , content , interaction , graphics , marketing , fabrication , installation , and evaluation.

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. As a quick comparative look between a small number of open source systems, it’s hard to argue that it contributes no information.

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. Not only that, projects agree to remain part of the network, providing information about the success of their projects after they are completed.

Invention, Technology and Social Change: What’s driving you?

Amy Sample Ward

They “work with the urban poor, particularly women in informal settlements to facilitate, and provide technical support to, community-managed housing (slum rehabilitation) and infrastructure projects.&# In their work, they’ve used GIS mapping technology to create a visual story, a guide, and clear data about areas of poverty and city planning.

09NTC How to Decide: IT Planning & Prioritizing

Amy Sample Ward

Sound advice on how to evaluate which tech projects need to be done the exact same way that a for-profit would and which ones can be done creatively, with a deep dive into what “creatively” means. Comprehensive evaluation: SWOT analyses, technical and end-user assessments of options, clear understanding of business needs versus software assumptions, creativity. Resources: Further information and relevant links are at the Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission wiki: [link].