There are many reasons why a nonprofit might want to conduct an organizational assessment. Management may be looking to increase alignment with strategic priorities or simply looking for great organizational efficiency in general or in a specific department or program. Perhaps recruitment is not producing the right candidates or program measurement criteria are outdated.
When we conduct and operational review, we are looking to identify problem areas and understand their cause and alternatives for improvement. We may find opportunities for eliminating waste or inefficiencies, some of which might result in cost savings. Or, we may see possibilities for adding new revenues sources by cultivating different or more donors. Sometimes, we uncover the need for either enhanced short-term planning or longer-range strategy development. The lack of a clear vision for the future accompanied by clear strategy, goals and outcomes can cripple success.
Organizational reviews generally take a couple of months and include a combination of qualitative and quantitative data analysis. We talk to key stakeholders, review documents, and look at data as appropriate.
If your organization is interested in examining its operations, contact us.