MSD have released a new Outcomes Tool

The eagerly awaited follow up to the 2013 blockbuster Organisational Capability Tool has been released. The Outcomes Capability Planning and Assessment Tool is here. The original tool took an organisation wide look at capability across 10 areas. The new tool focuses on outcomes.

Like the original it is based around three steps – assessment, planning and then implementation. The tool guides you through the first two so you are ready for the third. The focus is on answering why, what, how and who for your organisation.

There are two documents – the Tool itself and Guidance Material which explains the thinking behind the tool and suggests how to use it.

Whilst named a tool this is in actual fact a flat PDF – there is no interactivity but the guidance has a handy table to record the rankings you decide on.

You decide the ranking by comparing where you are as an organisation with statements in four boxes – Aspirational, Emerging, Good & Transformative.

There is a checklist but rather than being worded as a checklist it’s actually a series of questions requiring complex answers. An example from the checklist is:

Clarity of organisational purpose

  • What does your organisation exist to do in your community? What business is your organisation in?
    • What are your mission / goals?
    • What and who is your community?
    • Who are your clients?
    • What are the reasons why people might use your services?
    • What sort of changes might people expect to make coming here?

Useful stuff but it seems like this is a sizeable chunk of work to undertake for an organisation and there will need to be guidance on what to do if you aren’t up to scratch in an area. As an MSD tool there is a focus on recognising alignment on MSD/Community Investment Strategy Outcomes but this should tranfer to any other funder/stakeholder required emphasis.

If you’d like a facilitator to guide you through the questions and issues the tool raises Connect South staff Bronwyn Boon and Rob Tigeir are available.

You can read more about the tool and download it and the guidance at www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/community-investment-strategy/outcomes-capability-planning-and-assessment-tool.html or access the PDFs below.

Outcomes Capability Guidance
Outcomes Capability Guidance Planning and Assessment Tool

 

Results Based Accountability – Workshop Resources

First slide of RBA presentation

Here is the presentation as delivered on 10 December 2014 at Community Link.

On the day online resources were mentioned, these are available at www.familyservices.govt.nz/working-with-us/funding-and-contracting/results-based-accountability/. They are being updated – we’ll share the revised info through the DCOSS meeting list when it’s available.

Have you made use of RBA? And are you willing to share your experience – if so get in touch – DCOSS email.

We’ll be running more session in 2015 – make sure you’ve signed up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out. Just add your name and email address to the form on the right.

More Census 2013 infographics and case studies

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The latest newsletter from stats.govt.nz is even more interesting than usual.

It includes articles on a recently released collection of case studies on how groups including a good many non-profits use census information to plan their activities and to track the difference they make. Learn more about this PDF on their website. If you make use of the Census information we’d love to hear about it here at COSSD.

The new infographics released include iwi groupings and individual iwi posters.

Social and economic outcomes for disabled people is a 20 page document featuring a breakdown of the experiences of people living with disability. Skip to page 5 for the key points.

For all this and more about Te Reo and our broadband connections view the newsletter online.

Help us by filling out the 3 minute survey about outcome measurement

outcomeI am a third year student at the Otago Polytechnic and I am on an internship with the Council of Social Services Dunedin. The survey is a part of my research project with the topic “outcome measurement in non-profit organizations”. It would be great if you could participate. It takes just 3 minutes and it would help me a lot.

In order to keep the survey confidentially, you are able to leave out your organizations name and email address.

Thank you!

Kind regards,
Juliane Janzen

Online until 05.10.2014

Collective Impact – Free webinar 18 February

Our friends at Community Research have arranged a free webinar with Liz Weaver on the topic of shared measurement.

It’s from 11am-12pm on Tuesday 18 February 2014 online, via your computer, so there’s no travel.

Outcomes are a hot topic right now and of course none of us work alone so this is a great chance to learn how other communities have worked together to measure changes. The presenter visited NZ late last year so is up to speed on our sector.

You can find more details on our calendar page or visit www.communityresearch.org.nz/events/shared-measurement-webinar/ to register.

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