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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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NASAA Web Seminar: How Strong Is Your Social Net?

NASAA's next web seminar takes place on Thursday, September 15, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern. This session shares a preview of the survey results and their implications from a national research project led by Trudel | MacPherson, How Strong Is Your Social Net? This project has surveyed more than 1,500 arts organizations to date to answer these questions:

The findings will help arts conveners and grant makers—including state arts agencies—to learn more about the communications needs, attitudes and practices of cultural organizations. (And you may pick up some useful principles to apply to your own agency's communications strategies, too!)

Presenters for this one-hour seminar are Trudel | MacPherson principals Rory MacPherson and Mary Trudel and Sen Associates digital media strategist Jai Sen. The one-hour session will include time for audience Q&A.

To register, state arts agency council and staff members should use our web seminar registration form. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Eric Giles and include your name, title, agency name and phone number in your e-mail.

Guide for Implementing a Strategic Plan

The Bridgespan Group has published a guide to help nonprofits implement their strategic plans. Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results is designed to share Bridgespan clients' experiences as well as insights from other nonprofits that have excelled at moving from strategic planning to implementation. These nonprofits have used practical approaches to convert their visions into tangible actions, and have been diligent about monitoring progress and correcting course when circumstances change. This guide presents their methods for implementation, with templates that illustrate the types of tools these nonprofit leaders used to lead implementation within their organizations.

Program Evaluation Not Working? Try Research and Development

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The TCC Group released a new briefing paper titled Success by Design: How R&D Activates Program Innovation and Improvement in the Nonprofit Sector. It argues that traditional program evaluation that compares groups who have and haven't taken part in a program is outdated. More precise and nimble evaluation is necessary for the complex goals nonprofits have and the environments in which they work. The paper outlines six successful behaviors that make up the core of the research and development process, and finds a positive correlation between these behaviors and organizational growth.

Restructuring State Agencies

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has issued a report summarizing recent restructuring actions enacted by state governments. Elimination & Consolidation of State Entities describes a wide variety of mergers, consolidations and agency closures that states have implemented since 2010. NCSL notes, "In general, these actions have not represented substantial savings for state budgets. Instead, policymakers have primarily opted to cut appropriations for existing state entities and programs while keeping them largely intact." For information about state arts agency restructuring, contact Kelly Barsdate.

CBPP Explains How the Federal Debt Deal Will Affect States

The debt limit deal reached at the beginning of August to avoid a default on the national debt lacked clear details about what parts of the budget will be cut. However, it is almost certain that some of these cuts will be passed on to state governments. Nicholas Johnson, vice president for state fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), lays out two ways this might happen: first, cuts are required to "non-security discretionary" spending, one-third of which currently flows through state government. Second, the 12-member debt commission might find "savings" in Medicaid that in actuality pass along costs from the federal government to state governments. Visit the CBPP website more details on these potential cuts.

State Legislator Demographics

Map of legislator demographics

The National Conference of State Legislatures has a new interactive map that shows the demographic makeup of legislators in each state. The map gives details about each state legislature's ethnicity, gender, age, religion, occupation, education and party composition. National totals are available for each demographic.

An-Ming Truxes Departs

An-Ming Truxes

In July, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT), the Arts Division's parent agency, merged with the Department of Economic and Community Development. The Arts Division is now the Office of the Arts. Because of this restructuring, the position of arts division director, held by An-Ming Truxes since 2004, is being eliminated as of September 13. The management of the Office of the Arts will be under David Bahlman, director of culture and state historic preservation officer. Truxes served as deputy director and senior program associate at the Connecticut Commission on the Arts from 1997 to 2003. Prior to this, she was the founding executive director of the Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education and served on the National Governance Committee of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. She has been on NASAA's board of directors since 2008. She is on the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts and has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Education, and several state arts agencies. In an August 31 e-mail to members of the Connecticut arts community, Truxes wrote, "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as arts division director of CCT.... Thank you for your dedication, hard work, and leadership for which I have developed profound admiration and respect.... My professional, personal, and family life has always been steeped in the arts. That will not change."