*These books are not currently available for purchase through IAP2. The listed books are recommended for IAP2 Members by fellow IAP2 Members and can be purchased through other sources such as Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Borders.com, etc.
A Funder’s Guide to Evaluation – Peter York
Traditionally, funders expect evaluation to show that resources are being used wisely.But evaluation can be a much more powerful tool – for both funders and nonprofits.
makers and grantees are leveraging their evaluations, ensuring that the
time and money spent ultimately improves effectiveness for everyone.This book shows how they’re doing it, including
How the “evaluative learning” approach furthers ongoing improvement via collaborative, stake-holder influenced evaluations.
How to bridge the differences in what funders and nonprofits need from evaluation
How evaluation builds four critical capacities – leadership, adaptive capacity, management, and technical capacity
Seven steps a funder can take to build the evaluative learning capacity in nonprofits
Benchmarking for Nonprofits – Jason Saul
Benchmarking is the process of measuring your organization against leaders to get insights that will help you improve.This unique book defines a formal, systematic, and reliable way to benchmark. You’ll learn:
The five key steps of benchmarking
The arguments against benchmarking – and why you should disregard them
How benchmarking differs from evaluation and assessment
How to form a benchmarking team (and overcome staff resistance)
How to measure your organization’s performance
How to choose your benchmarking partners – and what you can learn form the “wrong” partner
Practical tools such
as real-world examples, exercises, and worksheets help you draft and
implement a plan that benchmarks what matters.
Handbook - Michael Winer, Karen Louise Ray
is your complete guide to putting together a collaboration that gets
results! You’ll see how to get a collaboration going, define the
results you’re after, determine everyone’s roles, create an action
plan, and evaluate the results. Includes a case study, worksheets, and
special sidebars with helpful tips such as what to do at your first
What Makes It Work - Paul W. Mattessich, Ph.D., Marta Murray-Close,
B.A., Barbara R. Monsey, M.H.P.
makes the difference between your collaboration's failure or success?
Collaboration: What Makes It Work, Second Edition answers this question
with an up-to-date and in-depth review of collaboration research. Use
this research to expand thinking, gain background information, compare
your situation with others, and uncover and resolve trouble spots
before beginning a collaboration.
Writing Skills for Public Relations - John Foster
fully updated edition is a hands-on, practical guide to writing style
for students and others entering the PR industry. It will also be
valuable for those already employed in the public relations profession
and for those who earn their living using their writing skills.
Public Relations - Paul Noble, Tom Watson
much-needed book comprises nine chapters which start with theoretical
perspectives and then demonstrate the design and implementation of a
range of PR research and evaluation methods. It is illustrated by
award-winning case studies from around the world and concludes with
consideration of future developments. Most chapters are illustrated by
interviews with leading PR practitioners and responses to a survey
amongst leading practitioners, worldwide.
Executive Directors Guide (The Guide for Successful Nonprofit Management)
Deborah Linnell, Zora Radosevich, & Jonathan
Offers guidance on 13 critical nonprofit management issues such as: program development, governance, fund development, and more.Step-by-step instructions, checklists, case studies, and tips make this book very useful.
Extreme Facilitation - Suzanne Ghais
picks up where other books on topic leave off to present a
revolutionary method that helps large, unwieldy, adversarial, and
apparently dysfunctional groups achieve consensus and reach objectives
on divisive and contentious issues no matter how long the group has
been struggling.Throughout the book expert
facilitator Suzann Ghais show how extreme facilitation – which puts the
emphasis on creativity, flexibility, and customization – can change how
group members interact with one another and how participants view the
issues even in the most challenging and exceptionally difficult
Facilitation Made Easy - Esther Cameron
This practical introduction to the essential skills neededwhen
running a facilitated workshop will help you to develop a facilitation
style that is unbiased and non manipulative, allowing you to be in
control without being overpowering.With
detailed examples, proven tips for success studies and a self
assessment guide to test your own personal approach to facilitation.