How to do less, better – evaluation, mission, organizational alignment

Winter is Coming: What the Culture Sector Needs to Worry About Now

I. Predicting the Unpredictable The former NEA Chair Rocco Landesman says he doesn’t see anything…

You Gotta Know Why

In a discussion with several CEOs of cultural organizations about access, accessibility and community, the conversation kept circling back to the question of “Why?”

Cooking, peaches and tasting the arts

    I am a product of the slow food movement. Kind of. Maybe Diane…

Logic Models

Creative Community Tools National Arts Strategies has developed a set of lessons to help cultural…

Arts as an Engine of Unrest Or, How the Arts Ruined a Perfectly Good Childhood

For many, the power of arts lies in its ability to bring people joy. For me, art matters because of its ability to do just the opposite.

Three Strategic Planning Challenges

I’ve found myself thinking about three challenges in strategic planning that we see in our work, and I wanted to release these thoughts into the wild and see what happens.

The Competing Values Framework

Welcome to the world of the Competing Values Framework – a tool that allows organizations…

Holding Up the Arts: Can we sustain what we’ve created? Should we?

On October 27, 2012, Diane Ragsdale addressed fellows of the 2012 Salzburg Global Forum for…

Is social media changing your model, maybe?

Summer’s winding down, and I’m sure most of you have heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call…

Flexibility & Sustainability

One of the ways to achieve mission and financial sustainability is to develop flexibility in the system. Flexibility allows an organization to be more adaptive and creative in a changing environment, and allows leadership to thoughtfully respond to these changes rather than react in ways that may damage the organization in the longer-term. Both revenue and expense provide opportunities for increasing flexibility. This discussion-based lesson, developed by NAS in partnership with Peter Frumkin, Ph.D., will help your senior team examine and discuss your financial flexibility.

Measuring Effectiveness

Your organization deals with many challenges presented by internal and external accountability demands. You are always looking for ways to improve operations, to anticipate and be more responsive to competitive pressures, and to define meaningful performance goals that render your work concrete in stakeholders’ eyes. Creating a dashboard or scorecard can help. A dashboard can be an excellent tool for focusing board and CEO attention on what matters most. It can help overcome asymmetry between the precision of financial and mission measures. This lesson, developed by NAS in partnership with Peter Frumkin, Ph.D., can be used to help you build a scorecard or dashboard for your organization.

Logic Models

A logic model is a set of claims about how an organization produces something of value. It allows us to define and explore the links between what we do and how our efforts affect others. A logic model tells an organization’s story and explains why a program or the organization exists. This lesson, developed by NAS in partnership with Peter Frumkin, Ph.D., can be used by your team to create a logic model for any of your programs or services.

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