Thursday, April 20, 2006

NPQ - Spring Issue - Research and Nonprofit Excellence

NPQ - Spring Issue - Research and Nonprofit Excellence: "Research and Nonprofit Excellence

by Ruth McCambridge

When was the last time you were in a nonprofit staff or board meeting where the agenda included a discussion of the implications or lessons from a specific research study?

Despite thousands of evaluations in human services, countless foundation and government reporting regimens, an “outcomes” movement, small armies of evaluation consultants, large parts of the nonprofit sector engage in very little discussion of contemporary research within organization managements, boards or supporters. Is research avoidance something inherent in our nonprofit corporate cultures?"

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