As social service agencies grow and new case management software is introduced into the market, finding the right software to fit your agency’s size and mission can be a daunting task.
Much of the current political debate centers around:
- The loss of jobs and opportunities for the middle class-
- Whether college should be free for all Americans-
- How the Millennials can be expected to pay back the $ 1.3 trillion of college debt they have accumulated when they are left to default to jobs in McDonald’s-
- The job flight to third world countries causing the plight of our rust belt industrial inner cities-
- The cycle of crime and destitution that imprisons undereducated minorities-
My daughter recently competed in an oratorical competition titled “How my best brings out the best in others”. As I watched her list out traits she thought influenced others to be their best and listen to her practice her speech, I thought “What is my best”? Am I doing my best to bring out the best, the “talent”, in my family, my friends, even my co-workers? How do my actions influence those I work with?
No one wants their project to fail or go over budget however, this is a common occurrence due, in part, to poor planning at the onset of the project planning process. Identifying the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How are the first steps to creating a successful Project Team and Project Plan. Taking the time to ensure that you pick the right team, ensure that your team has the appropriate knowledge, providing a clear communication process and timelines will certainly put your project on the right path.
This just in from our friends at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:
The OJP Diagnostic Center has posted a blog from Dr. Meredith Dank of the Urban Institute discussing the OJJDP-funded report “Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex.”
The software industry is still a relatively “young” industry- think car manufacturing, steel manufacturing etc. begun more than a hundred years ago versus software starting in the 50’s but only becoming widespread in the late 80’s/early 90's. There is also the creative side of software design that enters the picture. Because of this there are many temptations to have a homegrown system built just for your organization.
While working on an implementation at a customer site, I observed a caseworker in Michigan entering data into a SACWIS (State Automated Child Welfare Information System) computer system, then immediately enter the same data (plus some that SACWIS didn’t have) into the agency’s own system.
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As the President of a Case Management Software company I have witnessed very wonderful software implementation projects and many that struggle.
There are various reasons but in this post I’m going to pinpoint what I think is the most common issue.
In this first blog of 2016 I thought we might take a moment to view the overall nonprofit fundraising landscape. I know that your strategic plan and operating plan have already been written, but I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to do your first edit. The best plans are living documents always awaiting amendment.