Our Services for Non Profits

Square Cube would like to partner with you as you explore the impact of your programs, services and organizational structure. Our services for nonprofits include:

  • Research: feasibility studies, literature reviews for evaluations and for Up Stream applications
  • Forms of market, stakeholder, needs and gap analysis
  • Evaluation design, training and implementation
  • Assistance with Up Stream applications
  • Consultancy to assist with culture change and organizational development
  • Coaching groups and teams, for example, developing communication, exploring shared values and sharpening collective vision
  • Coaching with individuals, for example, managing role transitions
  • Capacity development projects for your teams
  • Facilitating Action Learning or Action Research projects

Square Cube has many tools, models and concepts to share to help your organization leverage its inherent talents, passions and commitments.

Outlining a few services

Please contact Square Cube so we can talk about your needs and the services we offer.  The following few paragraphs can only outline some services we offer.

Evaluation

Square Cube assists with all stages of evaluation from building internal capacity, helping develop an evaluation strategy, creating tools for internal data collection, evaluation design and undertaking evaluations. 

Ideally evaluation should be discussed as interventions and programs are developed.  Clarity about intended outcomes is part of an evaluation and should also be part of knowing why a program is being undertaken. 

Evaluation can be used as a powerful and leveraging process, encouraging creative thinking and problem solving, informing initial program design and in developing existing interventions.  Evaluations help inform management decisions, help funders and Boards know if an objective has been realized, to what  extent and if there were unintended outcomes, both positive or negative.

Square Cube works with different forms and approaches to evaluation. 

  • See opposite a brief note on Participatory Evaluation, rich in stakeholder learning and growth as well as in data
  • See immediately below working with insights from emergence and ambiguity through Developmental Evaluation
  • Further down on this page we open a discussion of two aspects of more traditional evaluations; the logic model and indicators



Leveraging Insights in Emergence : Developmental Evaluation

Developmental evaluation is on the cusp between consultancy and evaluation.  Developmental evaluation (as created and defined by Michael Patten) works at the sharp end of social innovations.  It works with emergence and complexity, it does not use traditional evaluation tools because, as is the very nature of innovation, when nudging something new into being, it is not always clear the direction something may take or what may generate traction. 

Developmental evaluation works in real time with the innovation and offers feedback and recommendations in time so the process, delivery and innovation can be re-geared to maximize immediate impact.  This is the way to work with edgy, demanding social innovations and innovators to best meet their desires to achieve impact.  This is probably the only way to work with social innovators who may resist approaches such as logic models and outcomes driven evaluations, who are driven by a mission, a vision and a desire for impact rather than a clearly formulate step by step plan.  Developmental evaluation best suits situations of innovation, ambiguity, high uncertainty and even disagreement as to the innovation among stakeholders, rapidly changing conditions which may undermine prediction of outcome, and where there is a premium placed on learning quickly and making use of insights.

Complexity can be defined as situations in which how to achieve desired results is not known (high uncertainty),  Complexity concepts include nonlinearity (small actions can produce large reactions), emergence (patterns emerge from self-organization among interacting agents), and dynamic adaptations (interacting elements and agents respond and adapt to each other). Using complexity concepts developmental evaluation focuses on what is being developed through innovative engagement.

Logic Models

Logic Models are a means to see clearly how elements in a planned intervention are intended to articulate.  They are a graphic representation of the flow from target problem to intended outcomes.  The logic model requires articulation about the types of indicators that will be used.

Logic Models do not closely define the process of the intervention (e.g. dose) nor describe the standards which need to be reached for any element (an assumed pre-condition) before moving to the next stage.  In mapping out an intervention in this way it is possible to clearly see assumptions being made and any gaps in thinking.   


Read more about logic models and indicators below.


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A little more about logic models and Indications

Logic_Models.pdf
Introducing_indicators.pdf

Depiction of a Basic Logic Model Process