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We Need Your Help Shaping v2.0 of a Nonprofit Assessment Tool

During the month of October, McKinsey is hosting an online forum to get public input on how to build a better, more accessible Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT). Ten years ago, McKinsey and Venture Philanthropy Partners developed OCAT to help nonprofits better assess their operational capacity and identify areas that need improvement. The tool allows nonprofits to rate themselves across a range of critical areas, including vision, strategy, organizational health and human resources. Since its launch, the tool has been used by thousands of funders and nonprofits as part of their strategic planning efforts, and more than 70 organizations have requested permission to modify or replicate the tool.

We now need your help ensuring version 2.0 is even more useful to nonprofits around the world. By visiting our online platform [LINK: ] you will be able to browse the tool and take a brief survey to offer your valuable insights into the issues nonprofits are facing today and how this tool can be even more effective in supporting your work.

Please visit today and make sure to follow us on Twitter: @McKinseySociety


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Comment by Ryan Adams on October 28, 2011 at 5:05pm

This is the last week to tell us how you think we can make version 2.0 of the Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) an even more effective tool for nonprofits. 

We’ve recently joined Twitter, we decided to mark the occasion with our first ever Tweetchat!

Since this will be the last chance to give input on OCAT (and since this is our first time doing this!), we hope you will join the chat on Tuesday, November 1 from 1-2pm ET with McKinsey Partner @LynnTaliento. For more information, please click here. If you would like to ask any questions or suggest topics ahead of time, please tweet @McKinseySociety or get in touch via email. We look forward to chatting with you!

Comment by Emily Rotella on October 25, 2011 at 7:38am
Just  a short follow-up post to say that I think it is amazing that McKinsey is opening up the OCAT for public opinion to help improve version 2.0. I thought the tool and the survey were great, but I was left with a lingering question - how do we reconcile capacity assessment and impact assessment? I've got a few thoughts on it, but would love to hear other opinions! Comment here or check out my post that poses the same question and comment there:
Comment by Emily Rotella on October 11, 2011 at 10:01pm
Incredibly excited to look over the tool, take the survey, and blog about the experience!!
Comment by TRASI on October 11, 2011 at 11:59am

Click here to view the current version of OCAT in TRASI. Let us know if we can make any updates to the listing and we are happy to hear version 2.0 is in the works!

- The TRASI Team

Comment by Nina Gantcheva on October 11, 2011 at 11:57am
Thanks, Ryan. I'm looking forward to taking the survey!

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