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Welcome to the e-learning lesson on identifying and promoting effective practices. The process of systematically improving performance by identifying, understanding, and adapting successful practices is often referred to as benchmarking. Benchmarking was first utilized extensively in the business sector in areas like manufacturing and information technology. More recently, increasing efforts have been made to encourage the adoption of effective practice methodologies in the nonprofit sector. This lesson aims to answer common questions about the identification and promotion of effective practices and provide nonprofit organizations with detailed processes and methodologies to assist them in this process. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to: differentiate between the three types of effective practices — best, promising, and innovative; identify and validate new and existing effective practices; and promote effective practices.

Learn the "benchmarking basics."

This e-learning will help organizations answer these key questions:

  • Why are effective practices important?
  • What are the differences between best practices, promising practices, and innovative practices?
  • How do you identify existing practices?
  • How do you identify and validate new practices?
  • What are some useful tools for teaching others to identify and incorporate these practices?

Effective practices drive organizational improvement.

Benchmarking is an invaluable process that can inform program design and development and drive organizational improvement. The identification, implementation, and promotion of effective practices can help your organization to remain on the leading edge of nonprofit services. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to:

  • Understand the three types of effective practices — best, promising, and innovative
  • Identify existing best, promising, and innovative practices
  • Identify and validate effective practices
  • Promote effective practices