Decision-Making Model for Nonprofits
Having a clear decision-making process is important for nonprofits and coalitions. Employing good decision-making strategies will make sure that your organization or group can move forward when challenges emerge.
One of the reasons people are hesitant to participate in evaluation activities is that they have done so in the past and left feeling unheard. Here, I not only discuss what decision-making process you can use but also share ideas for making sure that people feel heard. Namely, that you should be clear about what the process is and what their role will be in that process (i.e., be transparent).
Here are the steps that I outline in this decision-making model:
Identify the decision
Identify decision-makers and influencers
Clarify stakeholder roles
Identify what data is needed to inform decision-making
Gather useful data
Share data with stakeholders (e.g., data party)
Spend time brainstorming solutions or options
Select what you will move forward with
Develop a plan to implement (that includes communicating back with those who were a part of the process)
You might also use the following decision-making techniques or tips:
Having shorter decision-making cycles
(Again) Being transparent about the process
Build your overall facilitation skills
Those tips will not only help your decision-making, but they can also build your overall evaluation capacity too.
Background: Michelle Molina is the principal and founder of Connecting Evidence. She is an evaluator who loves helping organizations working on changing complex systems. The purpose of this channel is to help you build your adaptive capacity and develop a learning organization.
Stakeholder Analysis: https://www.connectingevidence.com/post/stakeholder-analysis-tool-for-nonprofits
Participatory Approaches for Nonprofits: https://www.connectingevidence.com/post/participatory-approaches-for-nonprofits
Participatory Approach Tips for Nonprofits: https://youtu.be/dgSgGj3swS8
4-h Evaluation Skill-A-Thon: https://www.connectingevidence.com/post/participatory-evaluation-easy-4-h-example
Adaptive Action: https://amzn.to/3AKjGhA (affiliate link)
Art of Convening: https://amzn.to/3kDZEj7 (affiliate link)
Emergent Strategy: https://amzn.to/2WeQobP (affiliate link)
Liberating Structures: https://amzn.to/39FutxE (affiliate link)
Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making: https://amzn.to/3zEoWBT (affiliate link)