A New Advocacy Path at Treehouse

A New Advocacy Path at Treehouse e-case tells the story of an executive director’s decision to shift her organization’s advocacy strategy through alignment with a local education reform initiative. Treehouse was founded in 1988 to help level the playing field for children in foster care through a well-resourced, integrated approach that includes the provision of goods and clothing, academic support, and state-level advocacy. Through this e-case, students will have the opportunity to explore the concepts of nonprofit leadership; why an organization may decide to shift its advocacy strategy; and the opportunities and challenges associated with collaborations and partnerships, specifically collective impact initiatives and funders’ colla... Continue reading

Targeting Homeless Services in Hennepin County, MN

This e-study explores the policy arena surrounding the prevention of homelessness among low-income families and individuals. The case utilizes reports and analyses from the national literature, as well as from research on programs in Hennepin County, Minnesota. This study provides an analytical framework for targeting prevention services, and invites a discussion of how to implement programs to prevent homelessness among populations with complex and heterogeneous service needs.    See full post

Merging for Impact and Growth

This e-case focuses on the merger of two long-established human service nonprofits prompted by a desire to both increase growth and impact, and respond to changes in the funding environment. It also highlights the management, leadership and governance implications of such an action. The Merger Toolkit (see associated tools) was created by Julia Jackson with assistance from Anika Walz.    See full post

Policy Field Analysis

This video brief provides a quick introduction to the substantive method of implementation analysis called policy field analysis. This type of analysis is helpful because, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, public service delivery is very complex. Multiple levels of government, nonprofit service providers, citizens groups, philanthropic funders and private businesses often are involved in trying to solve public problems and implement public policy. Although cross- sector collaboration is frequently an espoused goal, there are few techniques that enable and support such activities. Policy Field Example & Map Courtesy of Humphrey School of Public Affairs Alumna Megan Evans Seeds, '10.    See full post

Person-Centered Care: The Culture Change Movement in Long Term Care

This e-case tells the story of the culture change movement in the long term care field. It follows the progression of this movement among advocates, regulators, and nursing home operators and then explores its impact on and implications for the long-term care field overall and the individual organizations that operate within it. Cover Photo Credit: GYpix3243_grandma, Greg Younger, Flickr    See full post

Board Chair and Executive Director Relationship: Power, communication & risk

This e-study explores the relationship between a nonprofit executive director and the chair of the board of directors. A strong relationship between the board chair and executive is important to the success of an organization. But this relationship comes with many complexities related to power, communication, and risk tolerance. This e-study will explore these complexities using three short scenarios to explore questions such as: How is power negotiated? What happens when the two leaders have different approaches to leadership or levels of risk tolerance? How can the executive help shift the board to a new role that better meets the needs of the organization?    See full post

Evaluation for Development

This is a story of a young Turkish bureaucrat who is eager to build a culture of evaluation in his country’s educational decision making context where evaluation has been historically missing. Selim, the protagonist, received his graduate education in the United States where the field of evaluation was officially established. He would like to transfer his skills and knowledge back to his country, believing that evaluation can improve educational policies and programs. However, he faces several significant challenges and discovers adaptive solutions.    See full post

Investigating Myths about Smart Meters – A precursor to a sustainable power grid

The video explores a couple’s choice to install a smart meter in their home and addresses a range of factors to be considered when choosing a smart meter to monitor electricity usage. After viewing the video, viewers should better understand how a smart meter differs from a traditional meter. The video should also clarify many common misconceptions smart meters face.    See full post

Aquaponics as a Community Development Enterprise

This e-study illustrates the framework, processes and products associated with course-based research undertaken to support the development of a community-based aquaponics project, with a specific focus on Hmong communities in Minnesota’s Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul). It documents a specific case of project-based learning and provides a general framework for future endeavors. Authors: Abdiwahab Ali, Mekdelawit Bayu, John Chisholm, Felipe Dyna Barroso, Christina Field, Amrita Jain, Faris Kasim, Kamaladevy Kathirgamu, Bruce Pope, Maria Victoria Punay, Trupti Sarode, Tai Stephan, Yodit Tesfaye, Amanda Traaseth, Diego Villagra Mostaceros, Frieda von Qualen, Evans Yamoah Course instructor: Dave Wilsey, PhD    See full post