Program Management Tips for Non-Profits
Non-profits differ from corporations due to their mission-driven outlook. Yet, in order for non-profits to be successful, strong program management skills is required. Key components of program management for non-profits encompasses Developing, Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation.
This step is essential and usually consists of a brainstorming session followed by consensus between the project team regarding the objectives of the program. Some methodologies such as SWOT Analysis and Stakeholder Mapping are essential and ought to be utilized during this phase.
During the planning phase, the process for implementing the project is streamlined. Factors such as the skill set required for implementing the project, the timeline, budget, milestones and outcomes are also taken into consideration. Using an action planning chart during this stage will facilitate the attainment of positive results.
This is the point where tangible output can be realized. Knowledge Transfer is crucial at this point as well as regular meetings with team members. An open mind and strong people skills will come in handy at this point too. With strong people skills, the team leader can strengthen relationships and listen closely to suggestions that may be provided during the execution of the project. Some suggestions that can be of immense benefit to the project might otherwise be missed if the the Project leader has poor people skills.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
At this stage, it is important to develop a monitoring framework . This will help in tracking the progress of the project and ensure that goals are achieved in a timely fashion.
Evaluating the project after it has concluded will provide stakeholders with information on the lessons learnt from the project. Ultimately, information gathered at this stage can be factored into the next project.
Written By Sherita N Brace
Sherita N Brace is an International Development Professional and a Blogger. She serves as a Consultant to Non-Profits and provides grant writing services, program planning services and communications services.
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