NeighborWorks® America invites Massachusetts community developers to a webinar to learn about how Organizational Assessment Services (OAS) promotes capacity building and sustainability. Through OAS, NeighborWorks has conducted 84 assessments in 29 states; most have been for nonprofits outside its network and provide an objective, in-depth look at all aspects of each organization. The takeaways are the engagement of board and staff through the assessment process itself and a final written report with analysis and actionable recommendations for the group’s consideration.
OAS conducted an assessment for Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation at the end of 2015 when an executive transition was in process. CEO Perry Newman recently said, "The OAS (assessment) conducted by NeighborWorks was extremely thorough and provocative in the best sense of the word. The assessment touched on a great many aspects of our organization and highlighted areas and issues of significance to both board and staff. Now, even two years after it was completed, the assessment remains relevant as we continue to strive to improve our performance and enhance our community impact."
Industry experts deliver OAS assessments applying a variation on the PROMPT® approach NeighborWorks uses with its affiliates. We’ve worked with organizations of varying sizes, with an urban or rural focus, and at different points in their development, through growth, transitions, and various challenges. In most cases, third-party sponsors cover the costs of the work.
Jeff Baloutine from OAS will present an informational session via the Zoom platform on March 2nd from 10:30 to 11:30 am ET in conjunction with MACDC. Please register here for the session with details to follow on connecting. For more about OAS, please go to nw.org/oas. You may reach Jeff directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.