DaBook: How to Show Off Your Wicked Strong Sexy and Incredibly Effective Nonprofit

  • Preface – Why YOU need this book to help change the world, especially if you’re an activist, donor, underpaid nonprofit employee, or socially-concerned evaluator
  • Chapter 1 – The untold story of who benefits from nonprofit programs
    • Is your nonprofit program effective? And what does that even mean?
    • Primary beneficiaries: who gets the love, money, and power
    • If benefits happen but no one notices, does it count?
  • Chapter 2 – Dirty little secrets of mission effectiveness
    • How do you spell success? We spell it “mission effectiveness”
    • Evaluating success is political, isn’t it? What you can and can’t do about that
    • What’s holding us back? Big and small forces
  • Chapter 3 – What you may not know about how nonprofit programs are supposed to work
    • Benefits don’t just happen: Connecting the dots from intentions to reality
    • Theories of action: all those boxes and arrows going in one direction – are they really real?
    • How to create the benefits you intend, and avoid the ones you don’t
  • Chapter 4 – Building a stronger, more powerful nonprofit organization
    • Start where you are: culture, politics, lenses, frames of mind, POV
    • Building strong nonprofits twelve ways
    • The challenge of getting to the next level: Learning from experience and creating improvements
  • Chapter 5 – Showing you’re good and deserve more
    • Who cares about your success?
    • Give them answers – effectiveness is a “construct” you want to own
    • Evaluation – are you mature enough?
  • Chapter 6 – Sexy evaluation strategies
    • Useful questions and useful answers
    • Measurement: what it is and what it isn’t, and how to make it work for you
    • Breakthrough strategies: Where tradition and innovation meet
  • Chapter 7 – Rocking that strong, sexy nonprofit: Taking off inches while adding inches
    • Using data to develop your strengths
    • Using data to advance the cause
    • Getting to the next level of effectiveness, reprise