It is without question, that innovation is an important byproduct of collaboration. However, in government and non-profit partnerships, innovation can be stymied. In particular, the public sector carries a high need for performance accountability, creating a “mistake-averse” culture that is difficult to penetrate. Government agencies are charged with preventing abuse, fraud and showing partiality to particular groups. Without government and non-profit collaboration software mid-level supervisors do not have the autonomy and discretion to create fresh problem solving ideas and techniques for tough and confounding situations.
Furthermore, groups that fund non-profit initiatives oftentimes have different and competing interests that unwittingly hinder collaboration and slow down growth. A lack of consistent information between groups helps drive this dynamic. In an effort to create cohesive systems and structures government agencies will adopt a top-down approach to program implementation. The tradeoff is often less involvement from those directly affected by important administrative decisions. Adding to this dynamic are non-profit managers that feel discouraged from proving candid feedback on projects. In order to remain in operation, many non-profit groups cater to the wishes of funders, creating an atmosphere is that can be stifling and disempowering. Interestingly enough, when key stake holders are left out of the decision making process or feel they cannot express themselves freely resources become poorly allocated. A top down bureaucratic approach to program implementation leads to greater mismanagement of resources.
Oftentimes, individual silos will occur between the public sector and non-profit organizations. Most likely, this is the result of a parochial style of leadership. When information is heavily concentrated and localized with an organization, individuals and groups have a hard time grasping the bigger picture, leading to a misalignment across organizational sectors. Multiple independent endeavors are created that touch on the overarching goal in some capacity, but eventually fail to effectively address the greater problem at hand. If not managed, these barriers will impede important and necessary work. A better articulation of goals that is both accessible and practical will not only bring clarity, but also streamline and strengthen various efforts.
Results Scorecard 3.0 was created to address the barriers highlighted above by providing solutions needed in public sector and non-profit collaboration software. For starters, the software is built to reflect the Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) framework as described by Mark Friedman in the book, “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough.” Known for its simplicity in language and approach, RBA fosters engagement from partners from all sectors to create measurable improvements.
The collaboration software also being used in Collective Impact approaches, Results Scorecard 3.0,t allows government and non-profits to create a common agenda by focusing on similar results and indicators. Results Scorecard 3.0 also allows partners from all sectors to create better performance measures that aligns with the common agenda of results and indicators. Additionally, Results Scorecard 3.0 allows for government and non-profit leaders to collaborate in Turn the Curve discussions, which allows for transparent, data-driven decision making on populations indicators and program performance measures.
Ultimately, an exchange of information builds trust, allowing for true collaboration to begin. By embracing a more transparent model each entity will begin to see where they fit into the larger scheme.
A transparent model between public sector and non-profits includes the democratization of pertinent data, a continuous loop of feedback and action plans for improvement.
Results Scorecard 3.0 government and non-profit collaboration software, facilitates measurable improvements for children, adults, families and communities to be achievable.
In addition to helping to implement RBA concepts like distinguishing between population indicators and program performance measures and turn the curve thinking, Results Scorecard 3.0 makes it easy to connect, share & collaborate with like-minded partner organizations in your community and around the world.
- Shared Practices Library: Stop trying to re-invent the wheel! Browse the RS Shared Practices Library for examples of curves that have been turned by other RS users around the world and the strategies that helped them do it.
- RS Connect: Connect with your partner organizations to share data, coordinate efforts, and create collective impact.
- RS Embed: Increase transparency, inspire confidence with funders and motivate partners and volunteers to collaborate to create measurable impact by embedding live scorecards onto your public website or sharing them through social media.
Find out more today about how Results Scorecard 3.0 can be your public sector and non-profit collaboration software. With a free thirty (30) day trial and competitive pricing that is billed monthly, what do you have to lose?
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We get asked all the time: “We are a small non-profit. Do we really need a Results Scorecard license?” or alternatively from a funder, “We are not sure some of our funded agencies have the capacity. Should some get and others not get a Results Scorecard license?”
The answer to each question, respectively, is yes and no. Yes, all non-profits need to know how they are doing, measurably, on a few but very important measures. And no, funders should not give consideration to the size of a non-profit when considering if they have the capacity to use the Results Scorecard. All non-profits have a few minutes to organize their information in a way that would be meaningful for you and all of their other stakeholders.
So here are five reasons all non-profits need the Results Scorecard:
- Focus: Every non-profit needs to understand how they are doing related to financials, fundraising, staff and volunteer management and service delivery. A few measures related to each area on a scorecard can help tell your board and others the story of how you are doing at any time.
- Accountability: Being able to report on the most important service delivery items on how much you do, how well you do it and whether your clients are better off to all your funders and donors inspires confidence that you fully understand the intent and impact of your program.
- Collaboration: Non-profits, especially small non-profits, can often feel like they are operating in a vacuum. To overcome this, Results Scorecard creates the ability to articulate how your work contributes to the greater good in your community (i.e. population results and indicators) and provides the opportunity to work with other organizations that care about the same things. Additionally, the Shared Practices Library in the Results Scorecard helps connect users to others locally and around the world looking to tackle similar challenges.
- Transparency: The ability to embed your scorecards on your public website and share them via social media creates additional transparency desired by your stakeholders.
- Low Price: Easy to get started. At a base price of $80/month and all the tools built in to get you started quickly, what do you have to lose?
Learn more about how Results Scorecard can help your non-profit make greater impact today by going to www.resultsscorecard.com.
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