About the Process
The Impact and Strategic Clarity module is based on a five-month process developed by renowned non-profit strategy consultants, the Bridgespan Group.
The process includes the following components:
- Selection and preparation: Participating organizations are selected. Coaches help each participants select a project leader, schedule internal team meetings and group workshop dates, and map out board involvement.
- Workshop One will introduce the module and its central “impact and theory of change framework” that will provide the structure and strategic approach for analysis that each team will perform in its organization. Teams will begin to draft “intended impact and theory of change” statements and discuss their research plans.
- Phase One is the research phase of the project, where organizations gather and analyze data to refine their draft theory of change and begin to test it.
- Workshop Two will review the emerging theories of change and discuss how to identify the most critical changes each organization must make to improve its impact. Teams will also begin to draft a plan for communicating the strategic changes and obtaining buy-in from the Board, key funders, staff, and other stakeholders.
- Phase Two is focused on engaging stakeholders to both test and build support for the organization’s theory of change. Each organization will also draft a longer-term “learning agenda” to address the critical open questions that may have emerged during the process.
- Throughout the process, each organization will receive individual bi-weekly calls from Coaches to review research progress and provide feedback and guidance.
- In the follow-up month of the project, Coaches will continue to check in on participants to see how the early stages of implementation are progressing.
In the first cohort (October 2012-March 2013), coaching was provided by the Bridgespan Group. Subsequent cohorts are coached by our Certified Innoweave Impact Coaches.
Funding applications to participate in the Impact and Strategic Clarity module are reviewed twice annually. Organizations requiring a subsidy to participate in the Impact and Strategic Clarity module can submit funding applications up until the first working day following January 1st and July 1st. Applicants will receive a response within 4-6 weeks of these deadlines.
To apply for funding to participate in this module:
- Click here and follow the instructions to create an application.
- Complete the application in full and please remember to click "Submit Application" when you are done. To view a full version of the application before completing it, click here.
Is this module right for me?
This module will take the management teams of selected organizations through a rigorous thinking and planning process. Participating organizations should be at a stage where they are ready to reflect on their activities and desired impact. Generally, this process should not be completed at the same time as other planning processes, such as Board strategic planning. This is to ensure that the organization can use the knowledge they have gained and implement it without conflicting with conclusions from other parallel processes.
Participating organizations must be ready to invest an average of one to two days per week over five months. This process will require active engagement of the CEO/Executive Director and the senior leadership team, one of whom will serve as project leader. In addition, some involvement from the board is expected.
Organizations will be selected to participate based on two main criteria:
- Readiness to engage in the process - The capacity to take part in a rigorous thinking and planning process. For example, having internal human resources to participate over the 6 months, time available to dedicate to the process, and available internal data on activities.
- Ability to benefit from the process - Applicants should have clear questions that need to be answered, and a desire to use internal and external evidence to refine their process. They should also be well-positioned to use their findings to improve their impact.