Counting Aloud Together | Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Counting Aloud Together | Stanford Social Innovation Review : If you’re a nonprofit leader, you understand that the pressure to build data-informed practices—and to improve your services using data—has never been greater. You’ve invested in client services, but you’ve neglected to fund the structures that hold those services together—things like staffing, evaluation strategy, and up-to-date technology

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Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space. There is minimal structure or roles and as a living organism, the structure changes.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Stanford Social Innovation Review / Stanford, CA / $950. And like those other core functions, we must examine our technology and data strategies to properly evaluate and prioritize our needs and successfully build our digital capacity. It's finally here!

How We Do Quick Post-Mortem Project Evaluation

GroundWire

If you’re doing any sort of regular project process, it’s really important to have a structured process for doing project post-mortems as part of your learning cycle. It’s very lightweight, and its goal is to capture both the specifics of the project we’re evaluating, but also long-term patterns that we’re seeing. 2) Structured ratings. Tags: Projects evaluation

How We Do Quick Post-Mortem Project Evaluation

GroundWire

If you’re doing any sort of regular project process, it’s really important to have a structured process for doing project post-mortems as part of your learning cycle. It’s very lightweight, and its goal is to capture both the specifics of the project we’re evaluating, but also long-term patterns that we’re seeing. 2) Structured ratings. Tags: Projects evaluation

Network-Centric Success? Read the Health Care Campaign Evaluation

Network-Centric Advocacy

Dan Cramer of Grassroots Solutions and Tom Novick of M+R Strategic Services (M+R) provide a fantastic evaluation. They were able to interview the key players (70) and review all the documents and activities of the campaign. Evaluation: Executive Summary of Findings and Lessons from the HCAN Campaign | Atlantic Philanthropies It is a great piece of work. What were the staff structures that worked well? (in

Build, Buy, or Customize?

Connection Cafe

Keep in mind there is often (significant) work effort in documenting requirements, defining a solution, and agreeing on an approach, typically involving multiple resources and iterative review of specifications for both for stakeholders and the development team (whether in-house or external).

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"It Is What It Is," and the Challenges of Dialogue-Focused Exhibits

Museum 2.0

I sat down this morning to write a negative review of an exhibit. From my perspective, It Is What It Is was not designed with sufficient structure to robustly and consistently support dialogue. but that it is a much more structured platform than that provided by It Is What It Is.

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How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

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A structured reflection process generates insights about what worked and what could be improved. One of the simplest ways to practice continuous improvement is to incorporate a process evaluation. Review it together in a meeting and summarize.

Build Core Strength with a Modern Marketing Team

SocialFish

Core strength is made up of culture, human and data assets, and team structure. An organization’s internal structure has huge implications into how successful they are. Technology and market channel growth play a big role in how organizations choose to structure themselves.

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New on SSIR: Should Nonprofits Act Like Businesses or People?

Amy Sample Ward

My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion blog is up! . You can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR blog or below. —–.

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25 Ways Your Board May be Failing

BoardAssist

For a great check list on evaluating your board, we reached out to Chicago governance pro, Tom Okarma, for this week’s guest blog. Poor alignment between goals and:resources, staffing, structure, budget, decision-making. We love checklists and we know our readers do too!

How Can Nonprofits Build High-Performing Teams?

ASU Lodestar Center

In an article for the Stanford Social Innovation Review Monisha Kapila says “The nonprofit sector is known for underinvesting in talent. Build a Supportive Structure. posted by Shannon Harrell Fall 2018 Alumna, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management.

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This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

Nonprofits Source

Structure Content With An Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. This is what makes structure such a critical component of any content marketing process. It’s not a sexy topic, but structuring your ideas is what constrains our thoughts to adherable guidelines.

4 Ways Nonprofits Can Turn Website Click Data into Actionable Steps

Connection Cafe

Once live, though, it’s tougher to find time to revisit page and menu structures and content choices. Evaluating Clicks with In-Page Analytics. Nonprofits are focusing more and more on increasing email click-throughs and rightfully so.

How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Next, is there a structure of responsibility and authority at the organization? This involves everything from authorizing spending based on a pre-determined signatory authorization policy to periodic employee and program performance reviews by appropriate levels of management.

Innovate & Thrive or Stagnate & Die

Connection Cafe

The key to success is getting your corporate culture right and then tapping into the new found potential with an efficient and effective structure designed to harness and act on the newly uncovered ideas. Set Your Structure! The most critical component of an innovation transformation is the structure that takes "ideas" and transforms them into "innovations." Make innovative thinking a metric of success in staff reviews and get serious about the evaluation of new ideas.

Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

With a deep focus on results and sophisticated technology built to match, we see foundations growing their outcomes measurement maturity and shifting how they evaluate grants, from applications through reporting.

The 2 Key Elements of Successful Fundraising Campaigns

NetWits

In fact, without the two we’ll cover in this post you’re guaranteed to finish your campaign, review the results, and be left wanting. Special thanks to Brian Winters at Adcieo for authoring this guest post. We’re looking forward to the webinar Brian!

Tell the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness Program How You Think They Should Do Their Work!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For the past few months, we’ve been engaged in a comprehensive review of our grantmaking strategy. We have set up a Web site, [link] , to share information and conversation about the ongoing review. Literature review of current needs in nonprofit field (June 2012). Photo by Leff.

8 Research-Backed Ways To Improve Marketing For Nonprofits

Nonprofits Source

Whether it’s in the form of clearing grammatical errors, or improving the structure and flow of your content. The rating and review systems on the platform help to filter out quality candidates. Marketing can feel like an uphill battle.

Sales Operations Demystified: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Do It Right

Wild Apricot

Evaluation of Sales Team Training Needs. The Structure of an Agile Sales Operations Unit. Given the variance of organizational structures even among similarly scaled players in the same industry, pinning down the ideal structure for sales ops is nearly impossible.

4 Ways Nonprofits Can Turn Website Click Data into Actionable Steps

Connection Cafe

Once live, though, it’s tougher to find time to revisit page and menu structures and content choices. Evaluating Clicks with In-Page Analytics. Nonprofits are focusing more and more on increasing email click-throughs and rightfully so.

The Talent Development Pipeline: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations

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Structured, but flexible schedule and plan. Evaluation. The book includes an important chapter on evaluating your talent development strategy as well as linking it to performance assessments. Click To Get Your Copy Now!

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What are the nonprofit management implications of Pay for Success programs?

ASU Lodestar Center

Nonprofit managers ought to consider how a SIB might affect their evaluation, program management and fundraising efforts. A nonprofit must be crystal clear about who will bear the brunt of evaluation tasks with a pay for success contract. Harvard Business Review.

Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

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Then, I have participants work in small groups, using a structured brainstorming process. Participants prioritized the ideas by combining and evaluating the cost/impact, boiling down to a couple of ideas to present to the whole group.

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Bringing on a Fundraising Consultant: A Nonprofit’s Hiring Guide

SocialFish

You’ll need to determine if your nonprofit workplace is ready to look for a consultant by conducting an external review to know where you need support. A consultant will be able to provide your nonprofit with an evaluation of your board’s work.

Advocacy Policy, Part Two - And Why Now is an Especially Good Time to Create One

Museum 2.0

We realized that we needed a systematic way to evaluate these kinds of requests--a tool that would help us evaluate when to say yes and why to say no. We wanted enough of a process to provide clarity and structure without too many hoops.

To Scale or Not to Scale: What Should Nonprofits Consider Before Deciding to Expand a Program for Greater Impact?

ASU Lodestar Center

Scalable programs should be based on a strong theory of change or logic model, clearly linking program inputs to outcomes in a way that can be tested and evaluated to determine actual effectiveness. Organizations should examine their own structure and capacity. If program evaluation has been done well, this may be one useful tool to help convince stakeholders to buy in (Harris, 2010). Stanford Social Innovation Review , 1, 19–25. The Evaluation Exchange , 15(1), 4–6.

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How Can Nonprofits Retain High-Performing Staff?

ASU Lodestar Center

Coleman Selden and Sowa state in ' Human Service Organizations Management Leadership & Governance' that studies examining turnover show that effective HR practices, from recruitment and onboarding practices to performance management and evaluation practices, all impact retention. Research confirms that dissatisfaction with pay contributes to nonprofits losing quality staff , according to Eun Kim & Wook Lee in 'Review of Public Personnel Administration.'

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A second process is used to evaluate the ideas – clustering the ideas into themes and identifying the best ones. A second process is used to evaluate the ideas – clustering the ideas into themes and identifying the best ones.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I use a simple structure to design: before, during, and after. ” ADDIE is an instructional design method that stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. This is evaluation. Evaluation should also include your personal reflection.

How to Pursue an Awesome Career in Nonprofit Management

ASU Lodestar Center

Hospitals, universities and religious organizations have long been the center of much nonprofit activity, but nonprofit structures are continuing to evolve. Evaluate Your Skills and Experience. Take a few hours to review your skills and experience and how they apply to the needs of nonprofit organizations. posted by Henry R. Steele Managing Editor at businessstudent.com. There are more than 1.3

Six Steps Your Nonprofit Must Take Before Launching a Senior Hire

NonProfit Hub

Instead, consider this an opportunity to step back and evaluate goals, responsibilities, qualifications and team structure while also being thoughtful and deliberate about what you really need in the role.

Fundraising Metrics: Don’t Just Count the Dollars

ASU Lodestar Center

dollars raised) are the most commonly used metric for evaluating fundraising staff, but they are not the only metrics that we as managers should track. These must be tracked and evaluated. The system will not work if it is only visited once per year during employee annual reviews.

Sustaining Innovation Book Discussion Part 1: What Does it Take Innovate Naturally and Frequently?

Museum 2.0

This post is my review of the book. Because the focus of the book is on organizational structure and not on specific acts or events, Light spends almost no time describing each organization or its particular innovations.

Packard OE Strategy Session: Laying Everything Out on the Table

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last month the OE Team at the Packard Foundation shared this guest post about the next steps in their public learning journey as part of program review. Have you evaluated your work with intermediaries, and if so, what lessons have you learned?

Your Donor Management System Questions Answered (Part 3 with Karen Graham)

Idealware

When you're selecting new data management software—whether it's for donors, grantees, or some other type of constituent—it’s often a good time to review and improve your internal processes. I like to think about it this way: Your processes are real-life use cases that can help you evaluate products. We set up “test drives” that allowed them to try out their top choices and made sure to structure those sessions around key use cases so that they can get an apple to apples comparison.

Packard Foundation OE Launches Their Strategy Refresh Site

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This post is from the OE Team at the Packard Foundation about the next steps in their public learning journey as part of program review. This is a periodic review every program at Packard undergoes to update their strategies. Flickr Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography.

How to Fundraise with a Hot or Cold Board

NonProfit Hub

Develop the necessary committee structure (at least a development committee and possibly an events committee or planned giving committee). Review your development plan and address a longer period of growth over 10 to 25 years.

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Four Resources Nonprofits Should Check Out

Frogloop

Cost structures are different and often text messaging is cheap while calls are expensive. Idealware: I consider Idealware the Consumer Reports for the nonprofit community when it comes to evaluating and rating nonprofit products and technology. Sometimes I feel like there''s an encyclopedia of online advocacy, fundraising, and social media stuck in my head.

How can nonprofits attract and sustain corporate partnerships?

ASU Lodestar Center

Examining current corporate social responsibility structures, determining areas for improvement, and creating management solutions to be applied throughout the nonprofit sector will assist in reviewing this problem.

The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Assessments and Review :: evaluating past performance to inform future mobilisation efforts. Staffing Support :: advising on staffing structures, integration efforts, and hands-on support with talent recruitment and hiring. The Greenpeace Mobilization Lab has a project proposal idea for a “ Mobilization Journal ” as part of the Knight News Challenge. It’s open for comments and feedback right now – or “applause.”