Introduction to Cultural Landscape Management

Cultural landscapes, where human settlements are in harmony with nature, are important assets for sustainability. This e-study introduces the basic concept of cultural landscape management. It covers the definition of cultural landscape, the categories of cultural landscapes, values and significance of cultural landscape conservation, some common management challenges as well as initiatives taken by international and local organisations to manage cultural landscape sites. Learners can use the e-study to build up a basic understanding of what cultural landscapes are and what kinds of management issues may involve, and then further explore how an individual or a group or organisation can work to conserve and safeguard natural and cultural res... Continue reading

Team-Based Inquiry: Incorporating Evaluative Practice in the Development Cycle

This e-case offers guidance, tools, and examples of use of a form of evaluation that supports non-profit organizations in making data-driven decisions and reporting on their impacts. Through four phases, Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) supports all types of non-profit professionals as they seek to clarify their goal, gather feedback, improve strategies, and take action.    See full post

Writing Policy Issue Briefs

This video brief is an introduction to writing a policy issue brief. The video gathers perspectives from students, policy professionals and faculty on the use of issue briefs as important tools for political decision making. What is the purpose of an issue brief and how are they useful? How does an issue brief differ from a fact sheet or advocacy material? How is a brief organized in a useful way?    See full post

Public Good through Private Sector Paradigms: The City of Long Beach Civic Center

“Public-private partnerships,” or P3, are nothing new. Win-win opportunities for the public achieved through private sector paradigms are often highly coveted models for municipal officials. However; the new Long Beach Civic Center, currently under construction, is a new level of P3 engagement. This e-case details the Long Beach project and questions how best the public sector can apply contemporary collaborative practices.    See full post

North Market: Creating Partnerships with Purpose

This E-Case tells the story of Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) and the organizations journey to open North Market, a grocery store in North Minneapolis. The E-Case shows the multifaceted way in which PUC developed the store; through Human Centered Design and working to best serve the needs of residents, of having a vision and making it come to life through good design and planning and through partnerships who filled in the gaps that the organization could not fill on their own. By thinking strategically as an organization what they could do to fill the needs of the community the idea of North Market was born. However in the same vein, PUC also thought about what the capacity of their organization was and what they felt they could not do... Continue reading

Adapting Evaluation for Local Contexts in a Globalized World

This e-study gathers resources for practitioners who seek to design and implement culturally responsive evaluations. The study highlights the expansion of the field of evaluation to national and contexts where evaluation has been historically missing. In doing so, the study engages the learners in critical thinking about the nature and dissemination of evaluation evidence for decision-making that leads to equitable distribution of resources.    See full post

Learning to Use Data in a Public Human Services Agency

This E-Case tells the story of how the anxious and demoralized staff of Maryland’s newly-created Office of Eligibility Services (OES), together with its new Executive Director, overcame their lack of data analytics training and an aging data infrastructure to successfully implement and monitor the governor’s high priority Medical Assistance to Families (MAF) expansion, as well as facilitate day-to-day outreach, eligibility, and enrollment functions.    See full post

The Sharpen Your Financial Focus Evaluation

This e-study provides an overview of a complex, multi-stage program evaluation for a national nonprofit credit counseling organization. The program was evaluated using experimental, quasi-experimental, and more basic descriptive designs. This e-study describes an array of different research strategies used by evaluators to showcase their strengths and weaknesses, and guides viewers through important considerations and pitfalls evaluators may face.    See full post

Before & After: Exploring organizational change from four perspectives

This E-Case tells the story of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) before and after a major organizational transition. MNRAAA went from being a nonprofit in name but embedded in other local agencies, to a standalone nonprofit. The E-Case uses the four-frame model created by Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal to understand the nuances of MNRAAA before and after its transition.    See full post