Universalia has been working on a research paper meant to understand whether or not the “business model” concept is applicable to non-for-profit organizations, and more particularly to research institutions in developing countries. Can we apply private sector knowledge and terminology to non-for-profit organizations? If so, how useful could it be for these organizations to remain relevant, attract more resources and be sustainable?
The DOSA is dedicated to helping organizations develop new methods to identify organizational strengths and weaknesses, interpret highly valuable data generated by the process and to translate findings into action plans for meaningful change. The DOSA tool builds capacity by bringing staff together in cross-functional, cross-hierarchical groups for open exchange. It identifies divergent viewpoints to foster growth.
Based on Universalia's innovative and thoroughly tested model for organizational evaluation (the IOA Model), this self-assessment guidebook (can be read online, downloaded, and even ordered) provides tools and tips that go beyond measuring the impact of programs, products, and services. The tools integrate techniques of formative assessment, in which the assessment team becomes involved in helping its organization become more effective in meeting its goals.
Building Culturally Competent Organizations is an online guide "providing practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills" regarding "cultural competence in a multicultural world." This guide is only one among the multiple ones available on the Community Tool Box website concerning many different aspects of communities/organizational management. While it is addressed to a large public, community leaders or aspiring ones will find the website particularly useful.