It shouldn’t surprise you that your community’s impact economy isn’t going to develop over night, or in 1, 2, or 3 years. Rather, it’s a continuous growth process. One of the best ways to continue growing is to evaluate with a design thinking mindset. This involves regularly (and quickly) assessing what’s working, what strategies need to be tweaked, and even recognizing what big pivots needs to occur.
How To Evaluate & Iterate
- KNOW what success looks like! Have your vision before you and a dashboard of metrics tracking how close you are to getting there (but also prepare to be surprised).
- ASSESS how the plan is going and how the group is operating during the first few months.
- ASK how you can make things easier and more effective for folks.
- CHANGE UP communication tools or other logistics that aren’t working quickly.
- ADDRESS ISSUES. After any new group gathers, it goes through three stages: forming, storming and norming. Be patient but also proactive in moving this process along by professionally addressing any relationship issues or personality clashes that might arise. We’re all human, everyone has their strengths, weaknesses and pet peeves. Confess yours to the group and do your best to meet others needs.
- REGULARLY track and circulate success stories of impact economy growth to the committee, local government, community leaders and press.
- CONTINUE TO INVEST in relationship building with Committee members. Check in with committee members regularly to find out if they are benefiting from participating and talk about how you can increase that value for them.
- BRING in new strategic partners as needed.
- DO A FORMAL EVALUATION and reflection with all the committee members at year 1 over discussion and a written survey.