Report calls for shift to more equitable evaluation practices


A report from the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI) and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations highlights how foundations are working to integrate an equity lens into their evaluation practices. Reprinted from PND.

“The Power of Dialogue on Nonprofit Data and Evaluation.”

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

I’m doing a happy dance, because the Foundation Center ‘s GrantSpace blog has published my article on “The Power of Dialogue on Nonprofit Data and Evaluation.” Happy dance. This is a blog article about a blog article.


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How grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients can do great things together with data and evaluation

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

It took Tech Networks of Networks almost two years to organize and implement a series of candid dialogues about data and evaluation for grantors and nonprofit grantees, and now it’s complete. Talking about and planning the evaluation process well before the grant begins.

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Strengthening program evaluation in your nonprofit

ASU Lodestar Center

This call spurred the increasing demand for program evaluation. In your organization, this may look like negative attitudes toward evaluation, poor research designs and collecting data but not using the data. The root problem here is poor evaluation capacity.

The ongoing revolution in philanthropy: An open-ended reading list

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Letting grantees lead: What we’re learning from the BUILD evaluation. The Power of Dialogue about Nonprofit Data and Evaluation. Joint Statement of Associations Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices. Evaluating a Culture. Tools: Reflective structured dialogue.

3 Questions Environmental Organizations Should Ask When Evaluating a CRM


A new solution will need to offer all of the unique features that you require, taking the specifics of your organization’s size, structure, and mission into account. You’ll have the CRM that you choose for several years (at least), so it is important to be forward-thinking in your approach to evaluating vendors. Once you’ve made the decision to search for a new CRM for your nonprofit, the task can seem daunting.

How Can Systematic Evaluation of a Volunteer Program Positively Impact an Organization?

ASU Lodestar Center

Evaluating volunteer programs within nonprofit organizations is a key step in continual improvement and data collection. Systematic evaluation can positively impact the organization by creating more structure, providing results for adaptability, increasing volunteer retention and improving staff-volunteer relationships. Evaluating a volunteer program is exactly like evaluating any other program. Create key performance indicators (KPIs) and set evaluation goals.

How We Do Quick Post-Mortem Project Evaluation


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. 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 Or was everything a report “up” meaning the reporting was not aligned with the network structure? Even the evaluation at $170,000 is a tiny % of 47 million dollar campaign.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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. Through a mix of session formats, speakers from inside and outside our sector, structured networking, and informal discussions with peers, participants will explore ways to design and implement evaluation and learning approaches that generate stronger information, decisions and performance.

8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]


Creating a Request for Proposals can be labor-intensive, time consuming, and stressful, but it's a lot easier when you're not starting from scratch - so we've put together a template that you can fill out as you go, which already contains the structure, sections, and language you'll need. An RFP is a structured, formal method of obtaining specific information from vendors, including: answers to your questions, personalized solutions to specific problems, and pricing information.

The Critical Role Risk Libraries Play in Risk Management Successes

360 Factors

The risks that are already in the library must also be evaluated periodically to ensure that they are still a significant risk which the bank needs to manage. The role that risk libraries play in risk management is foundational to managing and optimizing risk successfully.

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5 Signs Your Nonprofit Needs a New CRM


We all aspire to live by the age-old mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but often we get so used to our familiar tools and processes that it can be difficult to know when to honestly evaluate them for broken parts. If you’re constantly bumping up against the rigid structure of your current CRM, it is probably time to consider a switch.

Common Reasons Why New Nonprofits Fail and How to Avoid It: Part One


Structural issues that are obvious to others, get sidelined, as the person at the top refuses to see their relevance. There needs to be some sort of evaluation that these standards are adhered to. At every stage your nonprofit will face similar superficial evaluations. .

Best Practices to Build a Successful Association eLearning Program

Web Courseworks Associations

However, if it’s not structured properly, it can also lead to a hefty administrative burden for your team and a frustrating experience for learners. These include: Evaluate the eLearning needs of your association. Your association’s eLearning program can lead to increases in membership, increases in non-dues revenue, recognition as a thought leader in your industry, and more.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Impact Convergence 2016 brings together leaders, practitioners, and professionals from around the globe who are interested in impact and evaluation. Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund for this sixth annual day-long conference will offer insights, strategies and tools for staff and board members looking at your organization’s financial sustainability from diverse perspectives – from strategy and oversight to implementation and evaluation.

Build, Buy, or Customize?

Connection Cafe

Micromanaging developers will frustrate all parties involved, but rolling up the sleeves and staying engaged in the development process in a structured way will prevent surprises and disappointment when the solution is delivered. Evaluate your team: Do you have the right skills sets and capacity in house? Procurement Technology API Bespoke Cost Custom Development Customisation Customization Developer DevKit Evaluation ROI SDK technology

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Tips To Attract & Retain Skilled Volunteers That Grow Your Nonprofit


The growth of any nonprofit requires the constant evaluation of where their untapped potential resources lie. . Here are some ways you can reward your volunteers’ efforts : Create a structure of reward for volunteers.

A look at 15 best and (almost) free mind mapping tools for nonprofits


Use ClickUp to visualize your ideas and projects, structure and link your tasks, and allow your team to organize its workflow for better progress. Let's imagine a tree, a spider, or an octopus.

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5 Tips to Boost Your Nonprofit Website’s SEO

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Check with your team’s designated web expert to evaluate your website regarding basic technical standards. Organize Your Content – Aid search engines in deciphering your content by using a clear outline structure, almost like you would for an essay.

Frameworks and Lessons from the Public Participation in Science Research Report

Museum 2.0

They provide detailed case studies of projects in each area, including project descriptions, informal science education goals, participant training techniques, and evaluation outcomes. While the evaluation component of the report is focused on the extent to which these various projects promote science learning and behavior change among participants, the rubric of participatory models introduces a language that can be useful to many kinds of institutions and projects.

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What Nonprofits Need to Know About the New Overtime Ruling

Blue Fox

It’s time to evaluate your people resources. Take a look at each of your staff member’s compensation and overall staffing structure. You will also want to evaluate at your employees whose salaries border the new standard salary level. So, let’s say you’ve evaluated your staffing structure and the ‘thing’ that has to give is simply paying your employees more to maintain the hours they work. Nonprofits, take note.

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Nonprofit Giving Trends and Future Fundraising Strategy


It’s a good time to evaluate where you may have gaps in your technology. Look at the following: (1) Does it have an intuitive navigation structure? (2)

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

Museum 2.0

From my perspective, It Is What It Is was not designed with sufficient structure to robustly and consistently support dialogue. I know it may sound like I'm asking for something overly structured, but compare It Is What It Is with another dialogue project, the Living Library. but that it is a much more structured platform than that provided by It Is What It Is. What are the evaluative measures by which we will consider the dialogue experience successful?

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What Makes an Innovative Idea Actionable?

Museum 2.0

Whereas I'm taking the "make it as awesome as possible and they will pay attention and want to steal the ideas" approach, Peter is trying very deliberately to create a structure that supports participation from diverse museum professionals and museum venues from the very beginning. Tags: evaluation design Unusual Projects and Influences

What Does an eLearning Consultant Do? The Complete Guide

Web Courseworks Associations

What should you consider when evaluating eLearning consultants? If you’ve outgrown your current learning management system, a consultant can help you research solutions, evaluate them against your needs, and make a plan for implementing the new tech into your strategy.

7 Tips for Successful Creative Agency Partnerships 

Media Cause

Evaluate creative work based on effectiveness, not opinion. While it’s natural to evaluate work based on your individual perspectives and experiences, it’s actually counterproductive to ensuring that the work is meeting its goals.

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3 Tips to Write an Effective Nonprofit Business Plan

NonProfit Hub

Add Credibility with a Nonprofit Evaluation Plan. Unlike for-profits that can measure their success by evaluating their sales, nonprofits can only measure their success by estimating how many milestones they’ve achieved.

10 Tips for Working With Vendors for a Successful Digital Project


Lack of a structured process for quality assurance (QA) testing and remediation. Here are ten tips on preparation, evaluating proposals , and red flags to watch out for in working with digital vendors: Seek productive conversations as a starting point.

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

Sales Hacker

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. Even then, there are organizational models and structural templates you can build from. Evaluation of sales processes, and salesforce structure. What is Sales Operations?

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

Amy Sample Ward

It’s a practitioner’s guide for planning, implementing, and evaluating strategies that engage constituents across many channels, wherever they may be, and how we as organizations need to structure our work to deliver that experience. 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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5 things every association should know about Salesforce-based AMS solutions

Nimble AMS

In doing so, the Nimble AMS team can easily adapt the solution to meet nearly every membership structure. This gives Salesforce the opportunity to evaluate the Nimble AMS code three times per year. Arm yourself with this information before making your final AMS choice.

Your First Web Build Project: 5 Steps for Success

DNL OmniMedia

During the early stages of your project, the development agency will evaluate your web hosting needs, suggest a provider, and maybe even choose the hosting location to align with their preferred provider.

Six Tips to Help You Select the Right Learning Management System


And, the first and most critical aspect of selecting a LMS is evaluating your own requirements and objectives. Evaluate Your Need and Requirement: It is important to evaluate points such as total number of users expected, operations structure, learning and training objectives, current IT infrastructure and its limitations, system management, etc. Also, evaluate the support that the LMS vendor is willing to provide.

What strategies can nonprofits enact to retain millennials?

ASU Lodestar Center

There is evidence that millennials thrive in flatter organizational structures with shared governance and peer to peer collaboration. Leaders should evaluate work schedules as a tool to improve retention among millennials. Leaders should evaluate what programs are feasible that promote health and wellness. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz. posted by Jessica Cooper, RD, CD, CSSD, Spring 2020 Alumna, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management.

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How to host a Virtual Employee Benefits Fair


Decide on Event Elements and Structure. Evaluate the Event. Once the virtual benefits fair is complete, you will want to collect as much data as you can and evaluate the event.

SEO Tips To Index And Rank Faster

NonProfit Hub

Also, every page needs to be evaluated on a frequent basis to generate optimal results. Well-structured information focusing on keywords, backlinks, and so forth can help in knowing the worth of your content to a large extent.

Can Stories Be Data?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When the issue of interest moves from measurement for accountability/compliance to #evaluation for learning from Karcsig. I may start with numbers, but the process of collecting anecdotal information or stories in a structured way from your audience/stakeholders can help you generate insights about what those numbers actually mean. First, with discipline and structure. Flickr Photo by Caramel - Creatives Common Licensed.

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The Problem of Nonprofit Data and Equity


They keep it in structures that serve each platform and compel software developers to build integrations and connections (or not) so that their independent companies can sell in multiple markets.

Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

Beth Kanter

Other areas include: communications, executive transition, evaluation/learning, networking/convening, and professional development. Engage grantees in the evaluation design and implementation. Make creative choices about what to evaluate. Venture Philanthropy Partners: Capacity building includes 7 nonprofit elements: aspirations, strategies, organizational skills, human resources, systems/infrastructure, organizational structure and culture.

Why Should Nonprofits Choose Abundance (and Breathe)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Marnie Webb has been thinking about how the nonprofit sector might be different if organizations believed in abundance and re-thought their organizational structures and how they delivered programs as a result. If we thinking that way, what are the organizational structures that we have to build? She also admits that shift from artist to curator is not an easy one for many nonprofits because of the way they are structured. But it might also be about long-term evaluations.

The 2 Key Elements of Successful Fundraising Campaigns


The results were astounding – the 2010 Race for the Cure® brought in more than $3 million through an evaluation by a third-party returned positive feedback on the frequency and quality of messaging. Resend: Email campaigns can be structured as an automatic resend with a duplicate of the original email being sent with a fresh subject line or revised content. Special thanks to Brian Winters at Adcieo for authoring this guest post. We’re looking forward to the webinar Brian!

Are You Compliance Ready?


Identification of Risk Areas: It is important for organization to identify and evaluate all risk areas that relate to its core business. It is also important to evaluate them in order to put the right focus on different areas. Training should be done in a systematic, centralized and seamless way with a proper reporting and monitoring structure.