In 2018, a pilot of the Innovations Lab was conducted to test the concept. The resulting evaluations proved that the concept was solid, with few modifications.
A compilation and analysis of the all the workshop evaluations revealed that the participants in the workshops gave an overall rating of 9.2 in a scale of 1 to 10 to the overall effectiveness of the workshops and the usefulness of knowledge gained. The
The participants revealed that storytelling and the storytelling arc as well as photography lessons were the most frequently mentioned in the categories of insights learned/knowledge gained. They also expressed that they gained beneficial knowledge of outcomes and logic models.
Most participants revealed that the expected knowledge far exceeded expectations. A number of participants expressed the desire for a longer workshop that would culminate in recording a video for the storytelling workshop. For the outcome/logic model coursework, participants expressed that they received all the knowledge expected.
Participants said ”The Innovations Lab Pilot improves the ability of the nonprofit organizations to better describe their program or idea to Grantmakers and the public as measured by descriptions done before and after the Pilot and by Grantmakers indicating a desire to explore funding for the program/idea.”
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The Alliance enters this season of reflection and gratitude, deeply appreciative of the support from our many members, supporters, and friends.
The Phil Hardin Foundation in Meridian was chartered in 1964 with the charge to “improve the education of Mississippians.” For nearly six decades, we have strived to be a catalyst for educational opportunity and community improvement in Mississippi through innovative leadership and productive partnerships.
This summer, I joined thought leaders from Mississippi and across the country in the FutureGood Studio’s futurism training program. It was transformational. This experience redefined my outlook, both professionally as a nonprofit leader and on a personal level. It fundamentally altered the way I approach work and staff engagement and envision the future for both myself and the clients we serve.