Monthly Archives: August 2011
|August 16, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Drug and Alcohol, Program Model||
The use of evidence-based practices with homeless populations is the topic of a no cost webinar scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 1:30 – 3:00 (eastern) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Homelessness Resource Center.
The presentation, The Value of Using Evidence-Based Practices in Homeless Services, will include discussion of accountability and quality of care issues related to evidence-based approaches to the needs of homeless persons with mental health and/or substance use problems. Additional details of the presentation and registration materials are available online.
|August 12, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management||
Does moving up the management ladder squelch your innovation?
A survey conducted by Paul Sloane and the United Kingdom-based Destination Innovation on idea receptiveness found that the majority of respondents (95 percent) consider themselves open and accepting of new ideas within the workplace, while a smaller but still notable percentage (77) thought the same of their boss. The study also found that a high percentage (94) of those asked would give credit to the person who originated an idea, even if they were the ones responsible its successful implementation, while 27 percent felt their managers would claim the credit for themselves. Possible factors listed for hesitancy to embrace new ideas included, a lack of resources (including time), the organizational culture and leadership, specifically, the boss.
While this survey did not fully delineate between for profit and nonprofit businesses (although the private-public sector breakdown was 82 percent to 18 percent), I wonder if the results would differ dramatically among nonprofit organizations? Does a promotion make the fearless mid-level innovator turn conservative in their vision or become more resistant to change? At a time when nonprofits need to be nimble, innovative and creative in their approaches to outreach and sustainability – might leaders be losing their nerve – or is it only in the eye of their beholders?
Does your organizational culture encourage innovative thinking? As a manager, do you actively explore the ideas brought to you by staff?
A copy of the results of the study – The Idea Receptiveness Survey– as well as several downloadable resources on leadership and innovation are available at the Destination Innovation website.
|August 9, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Education, Health, Juvenile Delinquency||
Adding to the bleakness of the anemic economic and employment outlook, stock market “adjustments”, riots in the streets of London and protests against economic conditions in Israel, comes the news that child poverty in the United States increased nearly 10 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to the latest data from the Children’s Defense Fund.
In the report, The State of America’s Children 2011, the CDF presents some unsettling data that indicate segments of the population are falling further behind, putting the current well-being (and the futures) of their children at risk. The report finds children of color are trailing in a majority of child well-being indicators, and
- are more likely to be born to mothers who have received little to no prenatal care,
- are more likely to live in poverty (1 in 3 black children and 1 in 3 Hispanic children versus 1 in 10 white children),
- are more likely to live with domestic upheaval (including separation from one or both parents), and
- are over-represented in the child welfare system.
Facts and discussion on child nutrition, education, juvenile justice and numerous other indicators are included in the complete report, available for download and in an interactive format at the CDF website.