Sustainable Agriculture and Its Implementation in Hong Kong

Countries around the globe are looking for long-term, sustainable solutions for increasing food production. Some have turned to sustainable agriculture in order to provide sufficient food sources without over-exploiting ecosystems. This e-case introduces the main goals and principles of sustainable agriculture. It features two cases in Hong Kong to demonstrate the sustainable agricultural practices as well as the management and policy initiatives taken by some local organizations as well as the public sector. Views of some key stakeholders involved will be presented to illustrate benefits and challenges of practising sustainable agriculture in Hong Kong. Learners can use the e-study to build up a basic understanding of sustainable agricultu... Continue reading

Implementing Zero Tolerance

This e-case is designed to illustrate the multi-level implementation analysis of the U.S.’ Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy. Multi-level implementation analyses are a framework to facilitate the discovery of dynamics and systemic gaps that occur in the public policy sector. This e-case examines the articulated and implicit results of the U.S.’ Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy implementation, and any real and perceived public value.    See full post

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

Calculating True Program Costs

Nonprofits Assistance Fund believes that knowing the real, true costs of delivering nonprofit programs is critical to move an organization towards sustainable finances. When you know what it costs to deliver your programs you are better able to make decisions about fundraising, contract terms or pricing, and how to make the best use of unrestricted revenue. Great decisions require great information. This e-study walks through the steps of calculating true program costs with the Cedar Cultural Center, a nonprofit music and community venue in Minneapolis, MN and illuminates the value of calculating true program costs for all nonprofits.    See full post

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