Working with Technology Consultants

Nonprofits often get by with versatile staff members willing to tackle new challenges and a lot of help from reliable volunteers. But sometimes you need a level of expertise or experience only a consultant can offer. This is especially true when dealing with technology and data systems. 

What Are Best Practices

The Office of Community Services has created this guide to better inform grantees, Head Start program staff, and other family service organizations about the definition, necessity, and role of best practices in the nonprofit sector. Although best practices were first used extensively in business, nonprofits continue to recognize the need to adopt best practice methodologies to effectively achieve an organization’s mission, and meet its goals.

After Action Reviews

An After Action Review (AAR) is a discussion of a project or an activity that enables the individuals involved to learn for themselves what happened, why it happened, what went well, what needs improvement and what lessons can be learned from the experience. This article offers ideas that can assist management teams with addressing issues as they arise with open and continuous feedback.

Federal Financial Report Instructions

The Office of Management and Budget provides instructions for completing the SF-425A Financial Reporting Form. The SF-425A Financial Reporting Form is a consolidation of financial reporting forms SF-269, SF-269A, SF-272, and SGF-272A. Grantees will find these instructions useful when completing their financial reporting forms.

Technology and Information Systems

Technology and Information Systems underscore the importance of maintaining a physical infrastructure that supports the increased reliance on data collection and analysis. This refers to the selection and management of appropriate hardware (computers) and software (e.g., Child Plus, PROMIS, Teaching Strategies Gold, etc.) that enable programs to monitor their progress.

Management Matters

Management Matters is a series of informational videos and interactive learning modules developed by the National Center for Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO).

Community and Self-Assessment

Community and self-assessment systems highlight the two starting points for the program planning process. Community assessment is the initial focus on external factors for new and existing programs, ensuring they are providing the right services to the right population. Self-assessment, with its focus on internal factors like ongoing monitoring data, supports the continuous quality improvement process which occurs annually.

Learning for New Leaders: Head Start A to Z

Learning for New Leaders: Head Start A to Z is a collection of sessions and resources designed to address the unique needs of new Head Start and Early Head Start leaders. New directors, managers, and other leaders may use these materials for individual professional development. They also can be used in face-to-face group and distance learning settings to orient and support new directors and managers.

Recordkeeping and Reporting

Well-designed recordkeeping and reporting systems maintain the program's institutional memory and provide critical information to program leaders, staff, families and community partners.

Insights for New Directors

Experienced directors share useful insights based on their experience in this series of short video clips.