COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION of TEXAS
2014 Impact Report
The table shows some additional recommendations for the upcoming D3 sessions and CFT’s response to them. Table 2. Recommendations and CFT Responses
Consider implementing a Fellows Program for future D3 cohort executives and a Board Fellows Program for D3 agency board leaders. Different options provide organizational commitment/participation from all levels of the key stakeholders in data driven decision-making. Given that instructors overwhelmingly received excellent evaluations, maintain instructors for the upcoming D3 Institute. Present a baseline session on defining working poor, followed by intentional presentation of information on the working poor population.
Prior D3 participants will be invited to attend any upcoming sessions and to provide insight and support to the current cohort.
Recruit additional coaches with previous nonprofit sector experience (c-level or consultant), coaching, and/or facilitation experience, and a baseline understanding of data application in the nonprofit sector. Implement coach orientation to equip coaches with D3 curriculum and tools/techniques for onboarding and coaching D3 agencies. The toolbox should include, but not be limited to, agency baseline assessment, the D3 Institute syllabus, agency contacts, 101 coaching tips and techniques, and an agency D3 application. Delay coaching support to agencies until the second quarter of D3. Agencies require time to absorb foundational elements of data collection, analysis, and application to select a project, program, or training opportunity to best utilize the coach.
Both instructors have been invited back and are continuing to work collaboratively on the curriculum. CFT provided to the upcoming cohort an overview of the Asset & Opportunity Profile data. Opportunities to supplement the curriculum with additional information on the working poor will be actively researched. For the upcoming cohort, coaches were strategically selected who met the recommended qualifications. Thus two new coaches who are currently nonprofit leaders were recruited. An orientation for Q3 2013 to support the coaches for the 2013-2014 D3 cohort.
Coaches will not be assigned to their agencies until midway through the upcoming D3; agencies will still be given time to use their assigned 40 hours, with the ability to continue to work with their assigned coach for up to four months after D3 sessions have ended.
Although the Asset & Opportunity Profile and the D3 Institute have been successful in supporting agencies that serve low-income families, CFT understands much work still needs to be done in the sector. Through its power as a convener, CFT is supporting the sector in not only developing a shared understanding of the current issues and areas of need that are facing the working poor by providing information and data, but also shaping the conversation in the community about the realities and struggles of these families. Additionally, by expanding the D3 participants’ (and CFT’s) network of resources and support, including sharing best practices through participation in a learning community, CFT anticipates program delivery and services will be stronger as a result of the relationships and connections developed after the completion of the Institute’s formal sessions. The long-term impact of the network will need further study to determine its long-term effect on clients as well as the sector.