My name is Stephen J. Gill. I’m author of Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations (SAGE, 2010)*. This might not sound like a book for evaluators, but it is. The book is about how the process of collecting, reflecting on, and learning from evaluative information can help nonprofits become more successful organizations. Nineteen evaluation tools from the book are available for downloading at http://www.sagepub.com/learnculstudy/chapters.htm.
Rad Resource: One of these tools that you can put to use immediately with any organization is the Organizational Learning Readiness Worksheet. This tool asks your clients to indicate to what extent seven principles are characteristic of their organizations. Do they observe each principle “not at all; never see it,” “occasionally see evidence,” or is “evidence all around us”? Then, most importantly, you should discuss the meaning of the ratings with your clients. Help them decide what they need and want to do to become more ready for organizational learning and change.
The seven statements are:
- We integrate and align our organization’s mission, people, processes, resources, structures, and culture.
- Each of our organization’s activities is an element of a process that is continuously improved through knowledge enhancement.
- We don’t rely on quick fixes to our performance deficits.
- Learning is continuous over the long term in order to achieve meaningful results.
- Learning is leveraged so that relatively small interventions result in long-term major changes for the organization.
- Each of our employees and volunteers is responsible for the system in which he or she works.
- The collective learning of all employees and volunteers is an essential aspect of capacity building.
You can download a pre-formatted PDF worksheet with the above seven items here: http://bit.ly/orglearningreadiness
*remember that as an AEA member you would receive 20% off on this title if you order directly from SAGE – sign into the AEA website with your username and password to look up the passcodes.
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