Practice #6: Learn in Order to Change. T
Traditionally, nonprofits do what’s called in education summative evaluation at the end of a project. Such evaluations are based on the list of goals originally set out by the grantee. However, folks like Bill and Melinda Gates and other catalytic donors use what’s called formative evaluation that informs the process along the way, allowing it to adjust, change and adapt to what works.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Practice #5: Lead Adaptively. Adaptive Leadership emerged from the Kennedy School at Harvard (Heifetz and Linsky). Their theory is to figure out which behaviors will get an organization to the future they want, conduct experiments, and incorporate best findings into practice within the organization. Catalytic donors are these kinds of active experimenters who will add substantially to the future of any community.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Practice #4: Empower the People. If you want to change something for people, ask PEOPLE what they need! The person most informed on any issue is the person closest to it. Unfortunately, when organizations want to help people, they rarely ask them what they need or want. Catalytic donors ask and listen.