Dec 14, 2021
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Written by guest contributor Carl Diesing.
Nonprofit associations and healthcare organizations are increasingly diving into the world of digital technology and virtual operations. With the rise of virtual events, hybrid work environments, and digital communications, these organizations require comprehensive tech tools to stay ahead of the curve.
You may need powerful tech tools for managing your nonprofit’s membership program, organizing events for your healthcare organization, or managing donations. Because of the importance of each of these tools, it’s crucial that your tech platforms and solutions are as effective as possible.
No matter your organization’s type or goals, a thorough technology assessment may be the project you need to set you up for success. In this guide, we’ll review everything your organization needs to know about technology assessments, including:
Enhanced technology not only improves your organization’s internal processes, but can also have a positive impact on the members or constituents who use your services. When everyone involved with your organization has access to advanced technology solutions, it streamlines operations and makes processes more efficient and convenient. With this in mind, let’s dive in!
Over the course of your day-to-day operations, you might have noted a few gaps in your technology or inefficient processes that slow things down. Perhaps your nonprofit association’s fundraising strategy lacks a strong online donation platform, or your membership organization’s event management process is bogged down by the use of disconnected planning platforms.
If you’re unsure whether a tech assessment is worth the time or investment, consider the following statements:
If any of these statements resonate with you, this could be a great opportunity to assess your organization’s technology and determine areas for improvement and growth.
The purpose of a tech assessment is to determine where your organization’s tech stack and procedures currently stand and how well they position your organization for success.
When you conduct a technology assessment and discover opportunities for improvement, your organization can:
Your technology should make daily operations easier, not more challenging. A tech assessment ensures you’re using your technology properly to streamline and simplify your processes.
There are a variety of tools and solutions available to nonprofit associations, healthcare organizations, and other organizations in the social good sector that your organization should seek to optimize.
These tech tools provide an effective jumping-off point for you to build your technology strategy and start improving your processes. Keep these five solutions in mind as you assess your organization’s technology and consider investing in new platforms.
Organizations often turn to third-party technology consultants to conduct technology assessments because it can often take the viewpoint of an impartial third party with technical expertise to identify an organization’s internal strengths and weaknesses.
If you decide to partner with a consultant, there are a few tasks your organization should take care of before and after the assessment takes place:
Your organization may benefit from a continued relationship with your consultant even after the initial assessment is complete. They can help you transfer your data to new platforms or train your staff on best practices.
You may be interested in what a technology consultant actually does throughout the process of a technology assessment. When done properly, a tech assessment takes anywhere from six to 12 weeks to complete. That’s because the process is more than just arriving at your organization and taking a look at all of your technology tools.
By the end of the process, your organization should be well on its way to implementing new tools or processes that will boost efficiency and make your organization more effective overall.
A technology assessment is an investment in your organization’s future success. While the process might seem intimidating, partnering with a consulting firm can help define your priorities and lead your organization through each step. You’ll be left with a clear blueprint for optimizing what’s working and eliminating what’s not.
Carl Diesing, Managing Director – Carl co-founded DNL OmniMedia in 2006 and has grown the team to accommodate clients with on-going web development projects. Together DNL OmniMedia has worked with over 100 organizations to assist them with accomplishing their online goals. As Managing Director of DNL OmniMedia, Carl works with nonprofits and their technology to foster fundraising, create awareness, cure disease, and solve social issues. Carl lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife Sarah and their two children Charlie and Evelyn.