Courses in: Nonprofits

Healthcare Emergency Management

Emergency events are disruptive. Whether acutely impactful and short-term, negligible and protracted, or any mix thereof, these incidents alter healthcare organizations’ abilities to consistently deliver safe and effective care. While potentially devastating, emergencies are also unique opportunities for exemplary leadership and unprecedented innovation. COVID-19, ransomware, and active shooters are, respectively, a few of the myriad natural, technological, and intentional emergency events that healthcare organizations, and their leaders, face.

Management Consulting for Public Service Organizations (EMPA)

Management consultants work in all corners of the public and nonprofit sectors on every imaginable topic—from organizational strategy to technology implementation, education to migration. But what is management consulting? Why do so many public service organizations rely on it? What skills and experience do you need to be a management consultant?  And how much good can management consulting really do for the public and nonprofit sectors?

Government Agencies: How Plans, Policies and Projects are Put into Action

This course examines how government agencies implement plans, policies, and projects under real-world constraints. Government agencies are some of the largest and most consequential organizations shaping contemporary life, especially for the poor. Their importance is even more evident now, as governments around the world continue to mishandle the pandemic, slide towards authoritarianism, and abuse the rights of vulnerable people. Surprisingly, their outsized influence is rarely matched by an adequate amount of attention.

Policy Advocacy Evaluation: Designing Rigorous and Useful Evaluations

This class explores the important evaluation area of policy advocacy evaluation. As development practice shifts to focus on the structural drivers of poverty around the world, and seek long-term social and institutional change, interventions increasingly involve shaping policies, programs and social norms. This class examines the theoretical and practical challenges of measuring influence on policy deliberation and implementation. It explores emerging approaches developed to provide rigor and actionable insights about what works and what doesn’t.

Management Consulting for Public Service Organizations

Management consultants work in all corners of the public and nonprofit sectors on every imaginable topic—from organizational strategy to technology implementation, education to migration. But what is management consulting? Why do so many public service organizations rely on it? What skills and experience do you need to be a management consultant?  And how much good can management consulting really do for the public and nonprofit sectors?

Race, Identity, and Inclusion in Organizations

This course brings together a wide range of thinking and scholarship about race and identity to encourage learning about what race is, why it matters, and racial dynamics in organizations and how best to address them.

Behavioral Economics and Public Policy Design

Standard economic theory assumes that individuals are fully rational decision-makers; however, that is often not the case in the real world. Behavioral economics uses findings from lab and field experiments to advance existing economic models by identifying ways in which individuals are systematically irrational. This course gives an overview of key insights from behavioral science and identifies ways in which these findings have been used to advance policies on education, health, energy, taxation, and more.

Lean Approaches to Social Innovation

Affordable housing that's 40% less expensive to build. Three times as many soup kitchen clients served each hour. Hospital ER wait time cut by 90%. This is the type of impact social innovators aspire to achieve by applying the method called "Lean."

Multi-Sector Partnerships (EMPA)

Approaching today's complex social problems – be they local or global – demands joint work from multiple actors from the public and private sectors. Yet the actors’ distinct assumptions, work styles, and disciplinary backgrounds in each domain make collaborative work difficult, particularly when leaders do not have the skills and competencies to bridge the gap. Using an evidence-based lens, the course offers knowledge and frameworks that encourage students to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with developing and managing cross-sector collaboration.

Leveraging Nonprofit Leadership for Organizational Success

A strong board of directors is integral to the overall health of a nonprofit organization and directly impacts the ability of the organization to achieve its mission.  Yet, one of the greatest challenges facing nonprofit leaders is how to build a board of directors that is motivated and engaged to provide strategic leadership while ensuring fiscal sustainability and transparency.  This course will use case studies, role play and class discussion to transform academic theories regarding good governance to the practical tools to be used outside the classroom.  We will take an in-depth look at

Communications and Branding for Nonprofits (EMPA)

An organization’s brand can help it raise money, create change, and recruit participants as it effectively communicates its mission. But a brand is more than just a logo or a memorized elevator pitch, it is the way both internal and external audiences perceive your organization—and shaping this perception is as essential to the success of nonprofit and public organizations as it is to for-profit organizations.

Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

A practical, in-depth examination of successful marketing for cultural and nonprofit organizations. Includes thorough coverage of the tools of marketing, their applications, and results. Provides an understanding of and practical uses for positioning an organization within its marketplace; developing a marketing plan and creative strategy; managing a board of directors and developing a long-range plan; fund raising in the private sector; and ancillary income.