Posts tagged Case Studies
Case Study: Community Cares Risks Mission Drift as Services Expand

In this case, we’ll consider the (fictional) nonprofit Community Cares, an organization that was built thirty years ago, originally by a group of parents to address the needs of its community. The organization thrived with its early energy, grew professional leadership and developed a strong reputation; after ten years it really had momentum! As the community changed, the organization expanded what it offered, from youth development and enrichment at first, to a broad array of services …

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Case Study: College Success In-Sight Dives Head-First into Logic Models

In this case, we’ll consider the (fictional) organization College Success In-Sight, an organization that helps high school students prepare for, apply to, and succeed during college. Several years ago, its leadership began focusing on logic models, which had been widely promoted by funders, consulting firms, and thought leaders…

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Case Study: Patients at Healthy Lives Associates Experience Disruption

In this case we’ll consider a health care clinic, Healthy Lives Associates, founded to provide access to high-quality care in a suburban community. Over time, it built a strong reputation for its internal medicine and pediatric departments and families asked for more specialized services, in the interest of easily accessible high-quality care for a broader range of health needs. The organization expanded slowly and thoughtfully, in line with a comprehensive strategy and operating model…

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Case Study: Learning Resources and Supports Operates with Differing Levels of Maturity

In this case we’ll consider the (fictional) organization Learning Resources and Supports, which provides specialized learning support for students with special needs. LRS started as a program of a large education organization ten years ago, and in the last few years spun off to be an independent entity, so it could focus intensively on its unique services and growth potential. It hired an operations leader to speed its development and readiness for growth.

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Case Study: Soccer Smarts Deals with Post-Early-Stage Maturation Challenges

In this case, we’ll consider the (fictional) organization Soccer Smarts, which provides out-of-school time support to underserved youth, using soccer skills and activities to engage kids in the broader program which includes academic supports. Soccer Smarts had a national program model, operated by affiliates across several states; some affiliates offered just the Soccer Smarts program and others were massive organizations offering dozens of programs including Soccer Smarts. One of the fairly established, mid-sized affiliates was scaling up - it had been operating Soccer Smarts as its core program for several years and serving two major cities in its state, and was looking to expand to local mid-sized cities.

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