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January 2011 Blog Posts (10)

Weekend Link Roundup (January 29 - 30, 2011)

Each week, we at PhilanTopic compile a list of noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector. Here are a couple posts from last week's roundup about impact and effectiveness for your reading pleasure. Have a post you'd like to add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

Impact/Effectiveness

In a recent post on her…

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Added by Regina Mahone on January 31, 2011 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Acumen Fund's Sasha Dichter Asks "What do we think success really looks like for this sector?"

Check out this interview with Acumen Fund's Director of Business Development, Sasha Dichter. (You may also know his blog on philanthropy and generosity.) He discusses trends in impact investing, the need for universal metrics and shared data, and Acumen's tool… Continue

Added by Nina Gantcheva on January 25, 2011 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

Weekend Link Roundup (January 22 - 23, 2011)

Each week, we at PhilanTopic compile a list of noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector. Here are a couple posts from last week's roundup about impact and effectiveness for your reading pleasure. Have a post you'd like to add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

Impact/Effectiveness

On his Tactical…

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Added by Regina Mahone on January 24, 2011 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Upcoming Seminar: Outcome Thinking and Management in Washington, DC 2/25

The Foundation Center is offering this course in Washington, DC on Friday 2/25 (more dates and locations coming up). here's some info from the course's page:

 

Outcome Thinking and Management:_…

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Added by Ellen Smith on January 24, 2011 at 1:19pm — No Comments

First Mental Health Impact Assessment Tool Launched

Great news for this often overlooked societal issue. The Adler School of Professional Psychology’s Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) is implementing the first-ever Mental Health Assessment tool, in hopes of improving the lives of people who live in vulnerable communities.



The 18-month project begins in January 2011 with a focus on the Englewood community in Chicago. It will assess how proposed legislation, policies and programs in transportation, employment, housing, education and… Continue

Added by Jeanette Boulanger on January 21, 2011 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Weekend Link Roundup (January 15 - 16, 2011)

Each week, we at PhilanTopic compile a list of noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector. Here are a few posts from last week's roundup about impact, effectiveness, and measurement for your reading pleasure. Have a post you'd like to add to the list? Let us know in the comments section…

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Added by Regina Mahone on January 18, 2011 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Key Questions for Evaluating a Charity that Donors Consider (and Nonprofits Should Too)

Over the holidays, philanthropy blogger Lucy Bernholz outlined 3 vital questions that individual donors need to consider before choosing which nonprofit should make the cut:

  1. What does the organization do?
  2. How do they do it?
  3. How do they know if they are making a difference?

In this…

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Added by Nina Gantcheva on January 18, 2011 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Tips for Designing Surveys

So many of the tools in TRASI recommend using surveys to get feedback about your programs.  In this post over at Usable Knowledge, Craig suggests that the survey design alone can affect the number of people that respond and the type of answers they give. So before you send out any old survey and rely on the results, I'd suggest checking…

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Added by Ellen Smith on January 13, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Webinar: Evaluation of Capacity Building (& Some Related TRASI Search Tips)

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management recently announced this webinar: "Evaluation of Capacity Building: What is Being Learned and Who Cares?"

The presenters will be:…

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Added by Nina Gantcheva on January 11, 2011 at 6:57pm — No Comments

SSIR/FSG Webinar on Collective Impact

In case anyone here hasn't heard about it yet, I just wanted to call attention to the forthcoming Stanford Social Innovation Review and FSG-partnered webinar on Collective Impact.

The webinar will focus on the "Collective Impact" article recently published (pdf link) by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, which the TRASI team previously…

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Added by David Wolcheck on January 11, 2011 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

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