Network Solutions Create Integration That Drive Efficiency, ROI and Scale
How can integrating nonprofits into a more comprehensive value chain--a service network--improve the life of an adolescent while extending the impact of investments made by nonprofit stakeholders? The answer to this question is found in the benefits of network solutions
Networks are fully integrated into our daily lives, from the way we travel to how we create and define our social communities. Think of almost any everyday job and just below the surface you’ll find the power of network applications helping you accomplish tasks faster and more efficiently. Without question, networks are a fundamental element of our business environment; they support a myriad of essential elements in business including back-office operations, supply chains, and communications. Networks are found in nearly every aspect of modern life: Computer Networks, Communication Networks, Transportation Networks and Social Networks are just several examples that demonstrate the diverse applications for network solutions
Why are network solutions utilized in so many different capacities across so many different industries? The answer is simple: Network solutions improve the efficiency of transactions, the opportunities to increase scale, and for many, provide access to services that may otherwise be unobtainable. Consider the Automated Teller Machine (ATM). A common convenience of modern life for most, the ATM provides access to banking institutions throughout the global market place at any time of the day and almost anywhere in the world. The ATM is just one of many simple applications of distribution networks that demonstrate the value and efficiency of networks solutions
How can nonprofits, like global financial institutions, benefit from integrating their service offerings into a more holistic value chain? Improving the efficiency and success rates of youth development services is one example. In the city of Washington, DC alone, there are thousands of nonprofit organizations providing programmatic support to adolescents. How does an individual sort through the maze of resources available to them and identify those applicable to their specific needs? The task is daunting. Consider organizations that offer scholarships that go unused? How does this happen? Most of these nonprofits work as stovepipes; independent operations focused exclusively on their specific mission. They may occasionally collaborate with other organizations, but such collaborations are not components of an integrated network of nonprofits collectively focused on the long-term outcome of a child’s development.
Since adolescents’ needs change as they grow and mature, services targeting different phases and points of children’s lives are necessary to fully satisfy their changing needs. Nonprofit organizations offering these services do exist today, yet they lack a formal mechanism that links nonprofits together into a service network that allows a child to efficiently flow through a pipeline maintaining continuity and protecting investments made early in the child’s development. A nonprofit network cultivates investments made early in children’s lives by ensuring continued support and guidance until they reach a level of maturity where they have the skills, attitude, and abilities to succeed on their own.
Our Ascend Talent Management System (ATMS) meets this need for a nonprofit network solution. By establishing a profile of available community resources and the expected outcomes delivered through these resources, we customize development paths targeted to a child’s specific needs. With the power of technology we are able to integrate nonprofits into a service delivery network, ensuring that youth receive the support they need at every stage of their development in a more efficient manner
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