Date & Time Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 3:00-4:00pm EST
Speakers will be available until 4:30pm EST to answer questions.
Ingvild Bjornvold, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Social Solutions
Teresa Derrick-Mills, Ph.D., Research Associate, Urban Institute
Zenub Kakli, Ed. D., Chief Program Officer, United Teen Equality Center
Learn how newly released PerformWell content can help civic engagement programs for youth manage program performance and measure outcomes. Teresa Derrick-Mills, who led the development of this new PerformWell content, will address questions like: What are meaningful outcomes for youth civic engagement programs? What are good tools to measure them? Which aspects of service delivery should be managed to make sure the program is on track to producing desired outcomes? Dr. Derrick-Mills is joined by Zenub Kakli, who will speak to how the United Teen Equality Center manages performance in practice. Dr. Derrick-Mills and Dr. Kakli will answer questions from the audience.
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The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that examines the social, economic, and governance challenges facing the nation. It provides information, analyses, and perspectives to public and private decision makers to help them address these problems and strives to deepen citizens' understanding of the issues and trade-offs that policy makers face. Since the 1970's, the Urban Institute has been a pioneer in developing outcome and performance measures for the nonprofit and public sectors.
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. Our mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children.
Social Solutions is the leading provider of performance management software for human services organizations. Founded in 2000 by human services professionals, Social Solutions' ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software gives organizations a clear picture of which of their efforts are working and which are not. With this information human service professionals can make appropriate adjustments to their approach and continuously improve their performance.
Sparkplugs keep on sparking!!! Watch this UNC TV clip about current Community Sparkplugs Projects here.
Article: "The Imperfect Storm: Non-profits Need to Start and End With Customers (Series Post 6)" with Blackbaud CEO Marc Chardon and Hal Williams, Founder, former President and current Senior Fellow of The Rensselaerville Institute. Read the blog post here.
Article: "The Imperfect Storm: Nonprofits Need to Be Data-Driven (Series Post 5)" with Blackbaud CEO Marc Chardon and Hal Williams, Founder, former President and current Senior Fellow of The Rensselaerville Institute. Read the blog post here.
Article: Sparkplugs power their communities to do more. Tightened budgets have squeezed many communities’ ability to implement innovative ideas, but a program of the Appalachian Regional Commission is helping residents find ways to do more with less.
Recently the Mississippi Appalachian Community Learning Project selected 11 programs that each received a $3,000 mini-grant to implement ideas that will improve their communities.
The programs are led by “Community Sparkplugs,” groups of community volunteers who donate their energy, passion and enthusiasm to implement their ideas..." Read more here.
"The Imperfect Storm: Nonprofits Need to Ride for Their Brand (Series Post 4) " with Blackbaud CEO Marc Chardon and Hal Williams, Founder, former President and current Senior Fellow of The Rensselaerville Institute. Read the blog post here.
"The Imperfect Storm: Define by Results (Series Post 3)" with Blackbaud CEO Marc Chardon and Hal Williams, Founder, former President and current Senior Fellow of The Rensselaerville Institute. Read the blog post here.
"The Imperfect Storm: Nonprofits Need to Engage Their Donors (Series Post 2)" with Blackbaud CEO Marc Chardon and Hal Williams, Founder, former President and current Senior Fellow of The Rensselaerville Institute. Read the blog post here.
Imperfect Storm: Blackbaud CEO Marc Chardon and Hal Williams, Founder, former President and current Senior Fellow of The Rensselaerville Institute, are the newest guest bloggers on Huffington Post’s Impact section. Read the blog post here.
Interview with the 2012 recipient of the Skystone Partners Prize for Research, Robert M. Penna, author of The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox: A Complete Guide to Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement, and Results.
Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to the author of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropic behavior. The Prize for Research is made possible by an endowment from Skystone Partners, LLC to encourage advanced research that extends the knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy. Read the interview with this year's winner here.
OVER lunch at the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery here one day last month — pear zucchini soup and cornbread madeleines — the women of Water Valley were talking demolition.... Click here to read more.
Support our youngest Caldwell County Click here and like this picture to help Daniela's 4-H group win $500.
Daniela Berry (back row, left side) of Caldwell Co. is the Coordinator for Plant a Row for the Hungry, who works with local food pantries and provides a variety of educational opportunities on NC produce and gardening.
Announcing “Designing a Result Framework,” our new 2012 Education series for funders, including foundations of all kinds, corporate giving, and, social investors. This six month training series represents a unique offering through its combination of cohort learning and one-to-one consulting. The result of participation is a mind-set shift from Funder of Programs to Smart Investor of Results.
Interesting in learning more? Spend 20 minutes with us to learn more about "Designing a Result Framework," our 2012 Education series! Register for one of our upcoming complimentary web information sessions: 1 PM EST on February 14th, February 29th and March 9th.
Tekeema Parson inspires those around her to reach for their best. Already committed to improving her own health through exercise and healthy nutrition, Tekeema created the Virtual Workout Crew to influence her network of online friends to do the same. At home in eastern North Carolina, Tekeema saw the Community Sparkplugs for a Healthy North Carolina program as the opportunity to help her neighbors in Kinston get active as well...
Click here to read Takeema's story and share her story to raise $1 to help.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In an effort to spark change from the ground up in three of the state's poorest counties, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is investing more than $300,000 in a citizen-led effort.
Community Sparkplugs for a Healthy North Carolina is awarding grants of $3,000 each, plus technical support, to a total of about 30 residents of Caldwell, Lenoir and Scotland counties, with the goal of boosting physical activity and access to healthy food. Read full article here.
"We are incredibly pleased to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to actualize the Community Sparkplug program in North Carolina.
For more than 30 years, the Rensselaerville Institute has made it possible for more than 300 communities to help themselves chart their own course, fix their own problems and develop their own assets - including their leaders. This extremely cost-effective approach goes beyond investing in community improvement to investing in community capacity and leadership. The compressed six month time frame of the projects helps build energy and drive action while the mini-investments attract additional needed resources."
Debra Natenshon, CEO, The Center for What Works at The Rensselaerville Institute
Monday, 10/17: Outcome Challenges 1 - Rolling Up Results
When it comes to rolling up results, there are many challenges in defining, achieving and adding up impact. What should be rolled up? What data is most useful to reflect the impact your investments contribute to? What are the issues of linking foundation results to project results at the front and back end of grant making? What if grantees don't have the capacity to define their project results? This session includes different ways to roll up results for programmatic, capacity building and systems change grants, how to use 'result trails' to consider what gets rolled up, and ways to communicate those results to key stakeholders. It includes specific suggestions for how you can alter the front-end of your grant-making to ensure better communicated results on the back-end. Explore these issues and solutions for clearly understanding and telling your result story.
What do you do when you know a grantee does good work, but is unable to clearly define, track, achieve or communicate the outcomes they are getting for your dollars? How does this reflect their overall sustainability and can results help them at more than a programmatic level? Since their results are your results, helping grantees with this clarity is critical to the success of your grant investments. When grantees know how to improve their results - your results improve as well. This session focuses on ways to build the capacity of your grantees to improve results and the role that your giving organizations can play to help do that. This session is a follow on from Day 1; Outcome Challenges 1 - Rolling Up Results.
Tuesday, 10/18 Executive Track: Outcomes case studies and reflection
Analyze the successes (and some failures) of your peers as they sought to define, track, achieve and improve their results, beyond better evaluation metrics. This double session will look at some scenario-based barriers to success and include an interactive session on how to overcome those barriers. Our goal is to have you leave empowered with ideas that have been vetted by your peers. Wendy and Debra will be available in the afternoons on Monday and Tuesday to provide 30 minute consultations for those in attendance looking to apply these ideas to their own work. Called the 'Doctor Is In' session on the Micro Edge web site. Get more information and sign up at http://www.microedgeconference.com/index.php?q=sessions (bottom of the page).
"Outcome Thinking and Management: A Conversation with John La Rocca ", Senior Project Leader at The Center for What Works
Why is it critical for organizations to apply an outcome-based approach to their work?
Name 3 things every organization can do to get started.
Get the answers on this three minute Quick Take.
"Corporate Social Opportunity? Expect a Return on your Social Investment!"
With Panelist Wendy Watson-Hallowell, Director of Philanthropy Practice at the Center for What Works.
“A truly unique occurrence happened on September 15 in downtown Calgary – two worlds collided. Corporate Calgary and Charitable Calgary had breakfast together.”
"These two distinct, and often separate, sectors sat down over a fascinating and rewarding breakfast to discuss how they can work better together to create a more equitable world. They generated new vocabulary - no longer will the term Corporate Social Responsibility be used for those 172 corporate and nonprofit leaders in the room, rather, in its place, lies Corporate Social Opportunity."
Event Video from the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Annual Meeting
Courtesy of Kate Camp of V180 Media. Thanks, Kate!
Kate Camp writes: "I had the opportunity to attend the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands’ Annual Meeting at the St. Cecilia’s Conference Center, where I heard some great things from keynote speaker Debra B. Natenshon. Debra is the CEO of The Outcome Group/What Works, a division of The Rensselaerville Institute. She spoke about quantifying success in order for a nonprofit the achieve its mission, and brought up some interesting points to take into account when defining success within an organization. Overall, the event was great and the energy was through the roof!"
Community Sparkplugs in the News!
Amanda Sexton Ferguson of The Winona Times and The Conservative writes "...The Town of Kilmichael was recently awarded an Appalachian Community Learning Project grant of $3,000, to be used as seed money to invest in the new "A Square Deal Project." The community improvement grant in conjunction ... " Read more here.
This event is an exciting and important component of the program and provides an opportunity for our Community Sparkplugs to share their experiences on their journey from local leader to community sparkplug.
During these sessions, sparkplugs and their teams share:
Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin write "Quick, think of three ideas for improving your community. They don't have to be big ideas that would take years to accomplish, just something attainable that can contribute immediately to our neighborhoods." Read more here.
We have emerged
Over the last few months, we have succeeded in unifying The Center for What Works with The Outcome Group of The Rensselaerville Institute (TRI) and have emerged as The Center for What Works at TRI, a strong brand offering our clients added value through our combination. View our brochure.
Debra Natenshon, CEO of WhatWorks, named Chief Executive Officer of The Outcome Group/WhatWorks division at TRI. We are looking forward to harnessing over 50 combined years of experience as nonprofits toward the achievement of our shared vision: "Guiding Foundations and Nonprofits to Higher Results".
What does this mean for you? A deep and comprehensive service offering provided by a vast pool of outcome measurement experts, adept at applying cutting-edge research and comprehensive practical expertise to the specific needs of the social sector. In a nutshell, resources for your organization to bring about real change and results.
The future looks bright. We look forward to assisting your organization in making transformational break-throughs for the people you serve, both with your investments in time and money.
Open to the public!!!
"Measure, Analyze and Market your Nonprofit Success: Benchmarking Tips from The Center for What Works"
With Speaker Debra Brodsky Natenshon
Presented by LUC Net Impact Chapter and LUC Strategic Consulting Group
When: Thursday, March 3rd, 3:00-4:30pm
Where: Loyola, Kasbeer Hall, 25 E. Pearson 15th Floor
David Anderson writes "Lenoir County is the first county in the state to receive grant awards through the “Sparkplug” program, an initiative of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to promote healthy activity and nutrition." Read more here.
Top 3 WhatWorks tools reported as valuable to our members (via 2010 Annual Member Survey):
Since then, we have received inquiries from foundations, OST providers and government agencies serving children and youth to provide more information about the pilot.
The webinar will describe the pilot process, specific indicators, and lessons learned, as well as explore recommendations and potential next steps for the field. You will hear perspectives from CYITC, the research team, and a grantee participant and learn how to help youth serving organizations move from measurement to results.
All are welcome to join us for this free one-hour webinar on November 18th at 11:30am EST (10:30am CST/9:30am MT/8:30am PT).
Title:Out of School Time Programs Tackle Outcome Measures Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2010 Time: 11:30am EST (10:30am CST/9:30am MT/8:30am PT)
Abstract. Funders and nonprofit leaders are increasingly looking for information that demonstrates the achievements of community-based programs. In this results-oriented environment, the Urban Institute, The Center for What Works, and the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation worked together to create a pilot program that developed and tested a series of outcome measures for out-of-school time (OST) programs. This brief describes the process followed and the results achieved. The pilot demonstrated that OST providers are eager to learn how to better manage their programs, keep young people engaged, and demonstrate their accomplishments. The challenge is to expand this work to all OST programs in the District and beyond.
Leading roundtable! Stop by and visit us on September 14th in Charlotte, N.C., as Debra Natenshon leads a roundtable with Tom Pollak, Director of the National Center for Charitable Statistics on the NCCS Community Platform: 2010 Fall Conference for Community Foundations.
Documentary video: preview footage! Below preview footage from a documentary film being produced by Saving Philanthropy . The film aims to offer a compelling inquiry into the adoption of performance management practices among non-profit social service organizations. The video will include: talks with non-profit leaders, funders, academics, intermediaries, and critics; definitions of performance measurment; and a close-up look at specific performance management strategies and how they actually work. SP also spoke with key players to get first-hand information about the various efforts underway to help non-profits gain clarity of purpose, define their goals, chart progress, achieve results and share what they’ve learned.
Case Study: Community Foundation Strengthens the Effectiveness of Local Nonprofits Learn how the Community Foundation of North Louisiana is strengthening the effectiveness of their local nonprofits. Participate in a complimentary webinar hosted by The Center for What Works and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana that will provide you will tools and simple steps to support your grantees to become more effective with measurement and using data to effect change. Register here.
Join Debra Natenshon, CEO for The Center for What Works and Liz LaBorde, Director of Community Investment for the Community Foundation of North Louisiana on Wednesday, August 18th at 11:00 CST (9:00 PT/10:00MT/12:00EST)
Press Release: Community Foundation Awards $1.56 million in grants
WhatWorks is honored to be mentioned in the Community Foundation of North Louisiana's recent press release. "In an effort to strengthen the effectiveness of local nonprofits, The Community Foundation provided two training sessions on outcome measurement to all grant applicants. The sessions were conducted by Debra Natenshon, CEO of the Center for What Works, a national leader in the field of outcome measurement." Please check back to register for our August 18th complimentary webcast hosted by The Center for What Works and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana to learn how the Community Foundation of North Louisiana is strengthening the effectiveness of their local nonprofits. Walk away with tools and simple steps to support your grantees to become more effective with measurement and using data to effect change.
NCCS Community Platform Webinar Next Week.
On August 4, the Center for What Works in collaboration with the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) will introduce the NCCS Community Platform in a free webinar. We will demonstrate this powerful and versatile new tool designed to help nonprofits and communities work more effectively together identifying potential partners, aligning program services, sharing resources, mapping needs, and benchmarking performance. Click here to register.
07.23.10 Launch of License of the WhatWorks Nonprofit Effectiveness Toolkit!
WhatWorks is pleased announce the Launch of the WhatWorks Nonprofit Effectivness Toolkit. Foundations, this license provides you the opportunity to immediately increase the effectiveness of your grantess making each nonprofit you fund significantly better at achieving targeted results and, in doing so, making every dollar that you give achieve an exponentially greater impact. You select the grantees, and this license provides each with the benefits of the What Works Nonprofit Effectiveness Toolkit (two one-to-one phone consultations, two 30-minute webinar, a tangible action plan). Click here for more information.
07.19.10 We are speaking!
WhatWorks is pleased to be leading the outcome evaluation session this week at the C (3) Forum. The Colorado Association of Funders, the Colorado Nonprofit Association and the Community Resource Center through the C (3) Forum offers opportunities for networking, discussion and the exchange of information about:
Various types of grants: capital, general operating, corporate.
Insights regarding grants for specific areas: health, education, community and civic engagement, arts, human services, youth and children.
Program evaluation and how to measure outcomes.
07.08.10 NCCS Community Platform Webinar This Week.
On July 14, the Center for What Works in collaboration with the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) will introduce the NCCS Community Platform in a free webinar. We will demonstrate this powerful and versatile new tool designed to help nonprofits and communities work more effectively together identifying potential partners, aligning program services, sharing resources, mapping needs, and benchmarking performance. Click here to register.
06.25.10 WhatWorks provides Training in Kansas City, MO.
In today's economic climate nonprofit organizations are facing challenges that require many to re-evaluate their current measurement tools and outcome reporting mechanisms. Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City / and facilitated by The Center for What Works on July 20, 2010.
Thank you for participating from CEO Debra Natenshon!
Over 100 people registered for this week's webcast. We appreciate the positive feedback, "Thank you for an outstanding session. I am really glad I attended." Join our free membership community to learn about more webcasts this summer.
06.14.10 CAPACITY REACHED! You are Invited! Complimentary Live Webcast. Foundations and Nonprofits: Providing you Outcomes to Make You More Effective, Now.
Foundations and nonprofits, participate in a complimentary fast-paced and hands-on live webcast that will immediately improve your effectiveness. After just one hour, you will walk away with a set of outcomes to share with your key stakeholders.
EVENT DETAILS: June 16 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm CST
Learning for Social Impact Portal!
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