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Upcoming Not-for-Profit Managers Peer Support Group Meeting

Wednesday, July 12, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: Community Groups, meeting, non-profit, management, support

Volunteering Canterbury logo.Come along to the August meeting for managers from the not-for-profit sector. Hear about Donor Funding and Balancing Funding Streams with Cheryl Moffat from Coastguard Southern Region, and a special guest.

Date and Time: Friday 4th August 2017, from 8.30 to 9.30am
Location: Christchurch Community House (301 Tuam Street, Christchurch). No on-site parking available.

Summary from July NfP Managers' Meeting

Thank you to all those who braved another crisp Christchurch morning to join us at this morning's Not-for-Profit Managers' meeting.

We were delighted to be joined by Ann O'Connor from DIA and Angela Davies from Rata Foundation. Both of our guests spoke about the evaluation of their own organisations' systems and processes; together with how useful the process of applying for funding has been for many organisations, as an evaluation exercise for their own activity within the community!

Ann from DIA talked about the process evolving:

  • to ask groups what are the outcomes;
  • how do you know the need/how did you identify it;
  • what outcome do you want to achieve.

This is a change from the previous input/output accounting: what did you do? how much did it cost?

Applications (now called 'requests') should show what you are wanting to achieve; and, on completion, what outcomes were contributed to - these could be short/medium/long term outcomes.  She talked of the process being more about a 'conversation' than having hard and fast rules.

The Superu resource is a new initiative giving guidelines to evaluating evidence to show the impact of what your organisation is doing. Hard copies of 'Making Sense of Evaluation: A handbook for the social sector' will be available soon.

Angela said that Rata are still evaluating their own processes and systems - evaluating what they do and don't need to know so that they don't - for example - ask for information that isn't necessary. They will be sending out a survey re the application's format. Completing the survey will be voluntary - however the more who reply will help Rata's processes!

Rata does not deal with 'contracting' funding. Over the last three years there has been a move to a more evidence-based, less reactive, application of funding; looking at 'how do needs shape activities', and 'what's the 'difference' that this organisation is looking to make'.

The presenters were asked about the usefulness of this meeting

Ann from DIA said:
"Yes, thank you Glenda for asking us to come along to the meeting. It is always really beneficial to have these of conversations and to hear any feedback. It's definitely a two-way benefit, so thanks."

Angela from Rata said: "Thanks Glenda, it was great to hear people’s issues around the new reporting standards, and of course always good to get feedback on our forms. Nice to have a list of folk for my piloting."

Angela provided a handout with web-based resources on evaluation. For those of you who weren't there, here's the list:

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