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The Need

The NeedTo date, the private sector has not provided quality performance management tools that effectively align with the needs and budgets of small, medium, or large NPOs. Many groups use basic tools such as spreadsheets or simple databases, and spend many hours tracking their work and assembling information needed for project management, evaluation, reporting, and decision-making. The scale of their global operations exceeds their capacity to collect information in timely and consolidated ways.

Several of these nonprofit organizations have developed sophisticated in-house systems at great expense. These systems generally do not take advantage of new technologies nor allow sufficient flexibility to respond when operations grow or change. Organizations with a primary focus on health are forced into becoming de facto software development houses. Duplication of effort and wasting of precious donated funds is rampant, as organizations struggle to independently design the same tools and solutions.

When key staff from international health organizations are brought together to discuss these common needs around better performance management, the information exchange is profound, like the opening of a flood gate. In some cases, the knowledge sharing has more value than the tool or solution. While organizations may not all use the same problem-solving widget, they share the same history of identifying the point of pain, and developing a resolution. NPOKI continues our knowledge initiative around the sharing of best practices and lessons learned in a spirit of collegial collaboration.

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