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Community Resources

From time-to-time, we upload materials that we think might be useful for community agencies and/or for small businesses.  We're happy for you to use these resources but we ask that you follow traditional academic courtesies which means making sure you cite your sources as appropriate.  By the way, if the heading for any item is brown, it is a hyperlink which means that clicking on the heading will take you directly to the source document.

On Organisational Development

Most of us know about organisations which are, for one reason or another, dysfuntional in one way or another.  Equally, most of us know, rightly or wrongly, about what we consider to be wrong with elements within that organisation.  But whatever the malaise we've identified, we must remember that organisations consist of people, plant and processes.  So if adjustments need to be made, it follows that they should focus on those domains.  

A colleague of mine, Patrick Baker, showed me a rubric for organisational development once and I'm sharing that with you here.  It is a single page diagram and I've altered the original, hopefully improving it (click here to access that diagram).  I've also made a slideshow I generated available to anyone who wants to see the diagram as a series of elements (click here for the slideshow) 

Two templates for the not-for-profit sector: strategic planning for dummies and an evaluation research template.

I've long been a fan of a piece of software called MindManager which is a mind-mapping tool that is considerably more powerful than Inspiration but not quite as easy to use.  I think that the software is very effect, for instance, for generating a research proposal or for formulate\ing complex project plans.  Literally, what you do is import the various criteria which have to be addressed and then sequentially trawl through those criteria whilst addressing their dimensions by populating them with whatever your valid responses might be.  

It can also be used to generate templates for action and I've developed two which I'm now sharing with you.  The first came about some few years ago and pertains to evaluation.  Quite literally, I generated a computer aided approach to an evaluation plan whilst others were using butcher's paper.  At that point, I decided that this represented a very useful template and in fact, it became a resource I've shared with postgraduate research methods students whom I've taught over the years.  To access a PDF version of that template, click here.  To negotiate gaining access the MindManager version of the template, contact us at the Woodhill Park Research Retreat.

More recently, I've facilitated a series of strategic planning workshop and to ensure that participants succeeded in what they had set out to achieve, I created a template that embodied the very best of what I'd been able to discern on the net.  Click here to see that template as a PDF.

There's a power point show that goes with the Strategic Planning template and if you click here, you can view it.  To get hold of the MindManager template on strategic planning, you'd need to contact me and you'd also need to find out about the software from me.  Patrick Baker is the New Zealand expert and he sells the programme through his company MindLogik.

If you want to contact me to facilitate either an evaluation exercise or a strategic planning workshop, do email us by using the contact us option on this website or by clicking here.