Monday, August 13, 2012
DoView. This is a wonderfully simple tool to create logic models without having to tell folks their idea has to wait until you are in the right bin, e.g. input, output, outcome, and so on. You can help people create a flow or causation model using the software or you can draft one for them after they complete an empowerment evaluation exercise. In either case, they make the choices, they help specify what they are trying to accomplish (and this tools helps them drill down to determine if they have enough activities to deliver on their goals and aspirations).
In addition to evaluation, you can also use DoView for strategic planning and to provide decision makers and the community at-large with dashboards. A community's efforts can be monitored and displayed with ease.
We created a simple one linking AEA with the Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation TIG and then linked that to the TIG's papers, publications, articles, web pages and so on. Since they were AEA related we made them the same color. However, we did have an outcome we wanted to highlight and that was improved practice and an improved quality of life. We made that its own color to make it stand out and remind us of what this is all about.
HeartShare is a human service organization in New York. Applying an empowerment evaluation approach, their Performance & Quality Improvement plan and activities helped to identify the need for a management training program. The agency, thus, designed an 18-month comprehensive, competency-based Management Training Program (MTP). The overall, long-term goal of the Management Training Program is to improve staff satisfaction and retention rates by improving the skills of our supervisors.
The Management Training Program was identified as a need by all levels of staff. Based on this feedback as well as HeartShare’s Core Values that include Collaboration and Organizational Excellence, there was a concerted effort to design a program that would best meet the needs of their workers as well as strengthen the leadership base throughout the organization. Evaluation findings clearly indicated the program not only met the identified need but also strengthened the organization’s foundation by developing future leaders and maintaining its commitment to organizational excellence. Congratulations HearthShare. Contact Stan Capela for additional details.