Many of you attending our program this week expressed interest in a deeper dive into David Grant’s presentation on shifting your approach to assessment of your own work and the work of your grantees. The presentation focused in part on the case for creating systems for “formative” assessments and feed back; the case for measuring with words AND numbers through the use of rubrics and qualitative assessment; and the critical importance of regularly setting aside “mission time” to focus on what’s most important.
We’ve set up two webinars over the next couple months that will allow David to dig into more details about how to practice the “formative assessment” mindset he covers in The Social Profit Handbook.
Over the next month, please consider reading at least some of his book that you received if you attended Wednesday’s program. During the webinar, David will move beyond the foundational ideas he described at the session (summarized above and outlined in his book) so he can lead you through how to apply it to your own work and your work with grantees. David poses the following questions:
What would it look like for funders and nonprofit organizations in any given place to plan backwards together from a specific vision of social profit for that place? How would they do it? He also wants to look at how resistance to change “will be a factor to manage if not fully overcome.”
We’ve scheduled a second webinar for Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, from 11 a.m. to noon MT, to continue the conversation and perhaps discuss any challenges you have encountered in getting started on this work. Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for the registration link for Nov. 28.
Whether or not you attended the program this week, we hope you’ll take part in this learning community about how to engage in qualitative metrics “in order to improve future work merely than to judge past performance.”
Please let us know if you have any comments, questions or requests!