A Youth Work Lens on Human Development

Successful youth workers build relationships supported by mutual respect, personal choice, voluntary participation and quality, informal learning. This e-study explores how the values and principles of a “youth work lens” can offer new strategies for both youth and staff engagement in youth-serving agencies--advocating for policy and practice that honors the development of people across the lifespan.    See full post

Nonprofit Leadership Across Borders

This E-Case allows students to examine nonprofit leadership across borders, scrutinize the opportunities and challenges of grassroots development aid through small, international nonprofit organizations, and consider questions about how small, international nonprofits are vehicles in which to put global citizenship into action. The case takes place between Buffalo, New York and Kisumu, Kenya. The author would like thank the board members and volunteers of Future in Our Hands - USA and Future in Our Hands - Kenya for their participation in providing insight to this project and most importantly their passion for global justice.    See full post

Health & Human Services Value Curve

Interested in learning more about an organizational improvement framework for health and human services? Want to examine variation in how leaders apply that framework to making change? This material highlights the Health and Human Services Value Curve, how it’s being applied across the country, and lessons about its use from the American Public Human Services Association.    See full post

Backward Mapping

This video brief introduces the four design principles of Backward Mapping, a method for policymakers to design effective policy by starting where the policy meets the public and working their way back through an implementation system. Thus, it is useful for courses focusing on policy process, public management, public systems redesign or implementation. It can be used in conjunction with other scholarly pieces or to set up classroom conversation.    See full post

Engaging Others in Systems Redesign

Most social change work done at the systems level involves understanding the various perspectives, opinions, attitudes, motivations and behaviors of those within the system. For social change to last, it is important that key members of the various groups involved are engaged and empowered to participate and co-create in the efforts. This e-Study provides an overview and examples of principles and tools in systems redesign.    See full post

Organizational Health for Non-Governmental Organizations

Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) are entrusted with public resources and deliver important social functions. The society expects NGOs to perform and the organizational health of an NGO impinges on its capacity to deliver and sustain performance over time. Inspired and assisted by McKinsey & Co. (Hong Kong), this ecase introduces a borrowed and adapted corporate concept of organizational health to the nonprofit sector. Illustrates the application of the concept in the learning and efforts of two NGOs in enhancing organizational health and presents the foundational practices of building organizational health with a modified framework developed by and for the nonprofit sector. This ecase can be useful for topics: organizational effectivenes... Continue reading