Evaluating to learn: workshop materials

10 Jan

Here is information from a new nonprofit evaluation workshop I’ve delivered in different forms recently. The workshop features a particular kind of evaluation called “performance improvement”, which focuses on evaluating your work in real time for the purposes of learning how to do it better so that you can achieve your goals.


Evaluating to learn: Resources Posted

26 Oct

Here is a list of resources, many of which are free on-line, for learning more about building a practical system for tracking and using information on a real-time basis to plan better, implement better and adapt better to achieve your goals.


Nonprofit evaluation, funding challenges, Peace Corps: Four new NPQ postings

30 Sep

Though I can’t find a unifying theme in my most recent news wire posts for the Nonprofit Quarterly,the stories from which they draw are all interesting! This batch includes a retrospective look at the Peace Corps, financial challenges at two different nonprofits for two different reasons, and highlights from a new book on nonprofit evaluation.


Challenging, creative times in the nonprofit world

13 Sep

Latest postings for the Nonprofit Quarterly Newswire, starting with an inspiring chain of small kindnesses in Salem Oregon.


Innovation resource and a four leafed clover

24 Sep

Here’s a great resource for innovation and creativity. Nonprofits and small communities are not the target audience, but the tools really apply to these settings. These are the kinds of ideas and tools that I use while working with groups to design new initiatives, troubleshoot strategy, and adapt existing projects to advance their vision here in the Pacific Northwest.


New one-stop data source for Pacific Northwest

3 Sep

Do you need data for a regional assessment or grant application? Do you want to compare conditions in your area with other places within the region?

Here’s a new user-friendly data source for Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Sponsored by the University of Idaho and the Idaho Community Action Partnership Association, the “Indicators Northwest” site offers comparative data for counties, states, reservations and tribal communities.


What matters now . . . pass it on

2 Jan

There’s a Chinese proverb that says “leap and the net will appear”. It doesn’t say “leap and people will think you did a good thing.” It doesn’t say “leap and you’ll always be successful”. It doesn’t say “leap and everything will come easy”. What I think it says is “leap and you will see what you cannot see until you do”.