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Strengthening Communities Fund

DMT Helps Strengthen Communities, Nonprofits, and Faith-Based Initiatives

 

Faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) have unique strengths—for example, the trust of their communities—that the government cannot replicate. Unfortunately, critical community needs can overwhelm the resources of many FBCOs. In 2002, the government established the Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) to increase these organizations' scale and effectiveness. In 2009, the CCF program came to a close, passing the torch to the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF), which helps organizations address the broad economic recovery issues present in their communities. During this transition, DMT helped ensure that no ground was lost. To keep all of the research and resources that had been developed for CCF intact, DMT created Strengthening Nonprofits: A Capacity Builder's Resource Library, a free, publically available website that contains guidebooks and online trainings on a variety of topics relevant to nonprofits and community organizations.

In total, SCF-funded organizations increased the number of people they served by 60 percent.

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Reports

DMT's Benchmarking Reports Move the Process Forward

 

Benchmarking reports capture the benchmarking process methodology, narrative overview, practice profiles and, in most cases, a logic model that depicts the practices discovered through the benchmarking study.

The report’s creation is a collaborative process that ensures the integration of client feedback for additional research or clarification. 

Benchmarking study results may be shared and promoted in a number of ways, including:

  • Integration into new or existing training or technical assistance programs
  • At a customized training summit
  • Online publication and promotion
  • Viral promotion
  • Virtual or in-person panel discussion with the experts
  • At pre-existing client-centered events (annual conferences, workshops)
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Toolkits

DMT Helps Clients Package and Promote Best Practices and Resources

 

Many organizations know they have great resources, but finding, consolidating, packaging, and presenting them in a way that can be accessed by users across their organizations can be a challenge. Toolkits can play an important role in an organization’s approach to knowledge management. When a client is ready to adapt and replicate the practices, models, and resources uncovered in the benchmarking process, toolkits help consolidate and organize the tools you need to implement promising practices.

DMT's most recent toolkit production was for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program and Comprehensive Service Support, an initiative under the National Guard. For this work, DMT:

  • Conducted site visits for rapid-cycle benchmarking to uncover hundreds of resources from state staff and volunteers
  • Developed 12 detailed online toolkits offering models and resources based on site visits
  • Produced online tutorials, webinars, and classroom workshops to help program staff understand and fully utilize toolkits
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E-Learning

DMT's E-Learning Combines Subject Matter Expertise with Technical Know-How

 

E-learning saves time and travel costs without sacrificing the quality of the learning experience. It has become an integral part of many of our clients’ blended learning programs that combine online and in-person training.

Dare Mighty Things combines our clients’ and our consultants’ deep subject matter knowledge with our in-house design and technology expertise to create dynamic, self-guided e-learning lessons. E-learning can be posted on a website, provided on CDs or DVDs, or integrated into a learning management system to meet more robust tracking and evaluation needs.

We create opportunities for practical application, incorporating activities, quizzes, video, audio, and text. Learners can navigate freely through an e-learning lesson, setting their own pace and revisiting chapters and activities as they see fit, while our clients can be assured that learners have access to consistent and robust content.

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Communicating Results

What Gets Measured Gets Done

 

Understanding what’s going on in your organization is not merely a good thing; it is critical to success.

Effective use of reports, dashboards, and scorecards provides managers and team members information to make more informed decisions and advocate for resources, programs, and buy-in from stakeholders.

DMT uses a thorough and robust methodology to evaluate:

  • What information is important
  • Who needs to see it
  • How to visualize results
  • How often performance indicators need to be updated for analysis and communication

We evaluate user needs and design solutions as well as document important findings to use for ongoing management and evaluation of performance for you and your team.

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Onsite Consulting

DMT Meets Our Clients Where They Are

 

Our consultants are trained and experienced in analyzing the challenges our clients face and identifying innovative solutions. Our work is collaborative, customized, and intensive, designed to meet our clients where they are. We introduce promising practices pioneered by leaders in the field and support the implementation of solutions that will work for their organization and their community.

DMT conducts technical assistance site visits for the purposes of:

  • Program startup
  • Program assessment
  • Program turn-around
  • Best practice implementation
  • Ongoing performance management or evaluation
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Remote Consulting

DMT’s Remote Consulting Aligns with Your Needs, Network, and Urgency

 

We understand working in fast-paced, dynamic environments and how important it is to receive focused and customized consulting support when you need it.

DMT’s remote consulting fills two critical needs for our clients:

  • Day-to-day, time sensitive needs, such as program implementation questions, research, and consulting to help troubleshoot emerging challenges
  • Ongoing expertise and engagement to support areas such as outcome measurement, program operations, or the development of program policy and procedures
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Tools and Resources

DMT Builds Resources that Build on Best Practices

 

DMT works with clients to identify effective practices across their organizations and their industry. We then consolidate, develop, and promote information in useful online, paper, and electronic tools and resources to meet the specific needs of your organization.

Tools and resources can take many forms and we work with clients to find the right methods to reach any audience. Past efforts have included materials such as:

  • Program models to demonstrate and communicate integration among stakeholders
  • Document templates to support consistency and efficiency
  • Program policies and doctrine to drive standards
  • E-newsletters for regular online communication
  • Guidebooks to serve intermediary and stakeholder organizations
  • Web-based access tools such as wizards and guides to help users access hundreds of resources quickly and easily
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Design and Launch

DMT Designs and Builds Custom Learning Communities and Tailors Off-the-Shelf Solutions

 

Learning communities are about expanding networks and sharing ideas across miles and organizational boundaries.

DMT has worked with clients of various budgets, timelines, and organizational sizes to design, develop, and sustain learning communities. We have built custom systems as well as helped clients adapt the right free or low-cost solution to meet their needs. Either way, we help you determine the functionality you need.

We will work with you to identify needs, engage users and audience, design and develop the appropriate tool for your organization, and complete the effort by developing training, user adoption strategies, and engagement methods to ensure your organization achieves its objectives.

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Community Engagement

DMT Engages Community Members

 

After a learning community launches, the real work begins.

A community is only as powerful as its members make it. DMT knows what it takes to engage participants with busy schedules and competing priorities. DMT takes a holistic view to online engagement – combining it with technical assistance and building personal relationships to ensure that participation in your learning community is an integrated element in participants' day-to-day operations and collaboration efforts.

DMT will help you develop your voice, post relevant and timely content, and engage your members to ensure a lasting, sustainable, online learning community.

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Products and Services Related to This Engagement:

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  • Icon E-Learning
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  • Icon Onsite Consulting
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  • Icon Tools and Resources
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