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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. 

Forward-looking grant 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.

Benchmarking for Nonprofits
 
Collaboration Handbook

Collaboration  Handbook - Michael Winer, Karen Louise Ray


This 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  meeting.
 

Collaboration: What Makes It Work - Paul W. Mattessich, Ph.D., Marta Murray-Close, B.A., Barbara R. Monsey, M.H.P.


What 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.
 
Effective Writing Skills

Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations - John Foster



This 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.
 

Evaluating Public Relations - Paul Noble, Tom Watson


This 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.
Evaluating Public Relations
 
 

Executive Directors Guide (The Guide for Successful Nonprofit Management)

 – Deborah Linnell, Zora Radosevich, & Jonathan Spack

 

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

Extreme Facilitation - Suzanne Ghais


Extreme Facilitation 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 situations.
 

Facilitation Made Easy - Esther Cameron


This practical introduction to the essential skills needed when 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.

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