Webinar Series: The Nonprofit Software Implementation Toolkit
Three Thursdays, August 22 to September 5, 1 to 2:30 PM Eastern
It doesn’t matter how much time, effort, and expense you put into selecting the right software for your organization—if you don’t plan all the steps necessary to ensure a successful implementation, you’re wasting your precious resources.
Implementation involves a number of elements, including getting buy-in from the people who will be using the system and those who lead the organization, making plans to migrate data and integrate the new software with your other systems, and training staff on procedures and best practices for using the new software.
Our partners at Idealware designed this new course to help you with each step. They will show you how to make sure you are including all the right people throughout the process. They will help you determine whether you need outside help—and how to work effectively with consultants or vendors. And they will identify common mistakes and show you how to avoid them.
This course includes “homework” after each session to help you put these lessons into practice, as well as additional resources for you to take with you to help with your own implementation projects.
During this course you will learn:
All sessions take place at 1 pm Eastern and last for 90 minutes.
August 19: Planning Your Implementation Project
During this opening session, we’ll define what typical implementation projects look like—and what successful ones look like. We will review key software selection techniques to apply, identify the steps of an implementation project and who should be involved in and outside of your organization, consider timelines and budgets, discuss project scope, and address the process of migrating data from your existing systems.
August 29: Keeping the Project on Track
In this session, we’ll look at examples of common challenges nonprofits face that cause projects to fail, and introduce project management basics to help you plan your implementation and see it through on time and on budget. We’ll also address relationships with consultants and vendors and how to make sure you’re getting what you need out of them, and explain how to evaluate an implementation project after completion to make sure everyone involved learns from the experience.
September 5: Fostering User Adoption
After reviewing the first two sessions, we’ll discuss the critical role user adoption plays in a successful implementation project and introduce the idea of change management to help ensure your success. We will also look at the importance of training and cultural shifts in user adoption.
This course includes weekly homework assignments.
Please register with the email address where you would like to receive the access code and dial-in information for the online seminar. Also, be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts to ensure meeting details do not get caught in your spam folder.
All registered participants are granted access to the recordings of each session. Participants who cannot attend any of the sessions due to scheduling conflicts will still have access to the toolkit presentation decks and handouts.
Eric Leland, Idealware Expert Trainer
Eric has spent two decades working with progressive organizations and businesses tackling online and offline technology challenges. He’s a founding partner of FivePaths (fivepaths.com), a technology firm that offers strategic technology consulting, information architecture, and web CMS and CRM platform development expertise to each project. Eric is very active in nonprofit, philanthropy, and technology circles, having served as co-chair to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in San Francisco, on the National Advisory Board for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and as a member of NTEN and the Tech Underground.