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Testimonials

The Strategic Non-profit Management course is an excellent high-level overview applying established management theory to the non-profit segment. Attending this course has both inspired new ideas for me as well as validated understanding that I’ve been developing in the last year since assuming the directorship of my organization.
It’s a real blessing to know that gifted minds with generous hearts in WISPAD provide much needed resources to organizations genuinely serving to improve lives and foster community in China.
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Community Health Services
Hong Kong

 

 

 

outputs and outcomes

OuputsHarvard_Bridge

Since the beginning of its international operations in China in the Fall of 2011, WISPAD has delivered 78 Workshops in different areas of strategic nonprofit management to a total of 1,003 participants, including founders, directors, CEOs, CFOs, and program managers of Chinese nonprofit organizations, social agencies, foundations, and international organizations.   

Outcomes

Increased KnowledgeHarvard_Bridge

In order to evaluate the short-term outcome of WISPAD training courses, pre- and post-intervention tests have been conducted for all delivered Workshops.
Overall, there have been 1,003 participants in the Workshop Program since WISPAD’s beginning of operations in China in Fall 2011. 986 participants have successfully experienced observable increases in knowledge, as shown in the pre- and post- evaluations, as well as in the testimonials.
The accumulative average score of the pre-intervention tests for all courses is 27.5%, and the accumulative average score of the post-intervention tests is 72.4%, with an average improvement rate of 214%.

Nonprofit Strategies

At the core of the professional training provided through the Workshops, WISPAD’s highly practical methodology relies on “Practical Analysis Exercises” (PAEs) and case studies contextualized to China’s nonprofit sector. This approach aims to support participants in the development of customized strategies for their organizations on each of the nonprofit strategic managerial subjects covered through the Workshops. In this context, another outcome includes the strategies that participants develop for their own organizations within WISPAD. In average, participants develop 8 core strategies per Workshop associated to the type of managerial or operational skills discussed during the professional training sessions. Since the beginning of our operations in China, our participants have been supported in the development of over 7,800 strategies of professional nonprofit management.  

Multipliers

Generally, participants share the results from the PAEs with their team of managers, as they contain practical strategies developed during the Workshop ready to be implemented in their respective organizations.
On average, based on our previous experience, participants share their learning and strategies with at least 3 other managers of their organizations. Including this multiplier effect, the increased level of learning of the 986 participants extends to nearly 3,000 managers and staff of nonprofit organizations in China. Some participants present the Workshop content within their briefing and follow-up meetings to even larger management teams, leading to even greater multiplier effects.

Local Chinese FocusHarvard_Bridge

Since the beginning of our operations in China, 90% of our participants have been local Chinese directors, managers, or program officers of nonprofit organizations or public agencies operating in China.  In line with our strategic plan to increase the percentage of local Chinese managers equipped for excellence, effectiveness, and integrity in social and public service, 96% of participants in our Workshops program have been local Chinese in the last two years of our operations in China.  

Geographical ExpansionHarvard_Bridge

More than 205 organizations have attended WISPAD’s Programs since 2011. WISPAD is expanding its services to many regions of China. Organizations have joined WISPAD’s programs coming from 26 provinces and municipalities of the country. The following are some of the 26 main provinces and autonomous municipalities from which organizations have joined WISPAD: Guizhou, and Gansu (the two poorest provinces of China), Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangdong, Beijing, and Shanghai

WISPAD has equipped managers of nonprofit organizations and social agencies involved in large varieties of social and public services, including orphans with physical and intellectual disabilities, left-behind children, migrant children, left-behind elderly, women in conditions of risk, and migrant workers, among others. Organizations served by WISPAD are also actively participating in poor alleviation programs including rural development, natural disaster relief and preparedness, water sanitation, and children and youth development among others.