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The Art & Science of Creating Effective Youth Programs

January 12, 2017

"The Art & Science of Creating Effective Youth Programs" utilizes findings from a national collective impact study conducted by Algorhythm through their Youth Development Impact Learning System (YDiLS), which surveyed 27 organizations, 80 programs and more than 3,000 youth. The YDiLS is an online evaluation tool through which youth complete pre and post surveys that measure the growth in six, research-based "Social and Emotional Learning" (SEL) capacities proven to be foundational to long-term success in life:1. Academic Self-Efficacy 2. Contribution 3. Positive Identity 4. Self-Management 5. Social Capital 6. Social Skills

The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in the Emerging Economy

June 29, 2009

From TCC, which developed the Core Capacity Assessment tool, this resource investigates how organizations can put these core capacities to work in achieving organizational sustainability in difficult economic times.

What Makes an Effective Advocacy Organization? A Framework for Determining Advocacy Capacity

January 29, 2009

Describes a model for evaluating organizational capacities critical for advocacy organizations -- leadership, adaptive management, and technical capacities -- to enhance effectiveness. Includes models of how they function together.

Building the Capacity of Capacity Builders: A Study of Management Support and Field-Building Organizations in the Nonprofit Sector

June 1, 2003

Provides an overview of the current state of management assistance, and promising capacity building practices. Examines the impact an MSO's own organizational capacity has on the quality of the services they provide. Includes recommendations.

Evaluating Capacity-Building Efforts for Nonprofit Organizations

January 1, 2002

This article explains how nonprofit organizations, consultants, funders, and evaluators can evaluate capacity-building activities. The process should begin by determining who will conduct and participate in the evaluation and understanding the multi-layered nature of capacity building. The next steps are stating evaluation questions and potential success indicators and developing a framework for the evaluation design. The process concludes with implementing evaluation methods and using and sharing the results.

Building to Last: A Grantmaker's Guide to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations, A Briefing Paper on Effective Philanthropy

April 1, 2001

This briefing paper includes an overview of capacity building, a step-by-step guide for enhancing organizational effectiveness, tools for building organizational effectiveness, and tips for further reading and resources.