I. Obtaining Leadership Support for Evaluation Efforts Leadership support in your organization is crucial to understanding the importance of evaluation results for program implementation. Leaders also have the authority to address quickly any changes that are needed in programs so they can be as successful as the agency hopes them to be. Asking the right …
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A local recovery group uses the term “live in day-tight boxes”, meaning finding a way in which to get through just 24 hours without taking on everything that needs to be accomplished. Below is my effort to translate that idea into some grant writing tips from the field. Think of “function-tight boxes” to help your …
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  The long-term effects of the economic downturn are still being felt by many nonprofits – and by those who rely on their services. According to a recent report by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, only 41% of human service organizations were able to meet demand in 2014. The need for services has increased, as has …
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What is your next step? The good news is that this is the perfect opportunity to step back and evaluate the needs of the nonprofit.  One option is to hire an Interim Executive Director (Interim). Why should the board consider this option? Bringing on an Interim provides the organization time to acknowledge both the accomplishments …
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You are reconnecting with a friend about what they have been doing the past few months. You find out she has been volunteering at a local food shelf, working with families that need food stability and support services. During the conversation, your friend expresses she had a positive volunteer experience, because of the engaging volunteer …
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What do Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) and organizational culture have in common?  Creating a data-driven decision making organization requires intentionality, which includes creating a healthy organizational culture.  ECB, as defined by my mentor, Dr. Jean King of the University of Minnesota and founder of MESI (Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute), involves the design and implementation of …
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In our last post we talked some about leadership. We’ll continue that conversation today by reflecting a little about coaching and how it can benefit one’s leadership. First of all, it would be helpful to define “coach.” Within leadership coaching, the term coach is usually defined as “an instructor or trainer.” With that in mind, …
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In thinking and writing about leadership, there is a great challenge to not overgeneralize. What is leadership? What does effective leadership look like and do? These questions and others are important to think about. For this reflection, let’s think about some characteristics related to effective team leadership. There are a few things which are generally …
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SCC Client Wins Local Award

January 22nd, 2014 | Posted by strategiccc in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Earlier this month, the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce announced its recipient for their Nonprofit of the Year award: Strategic Consulting and Coaching client Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS).  According to the Chamber’s press release, CCEFS’s “dedicated volunteers have served the needs of the Woodbury community for more than 30 years, providing food to hundreds …
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It is better to…

December 13th, 2013 | Posted by strategiccc in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. —Nelson Mandela