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Implementation involves a number of elements, including getting buy-in from the people who will be using the system and those who lead the organization, making plans to migrate data and integrate the new software with your other systems, and training staff on procedures and best practices for using the new software.
We designed this new course to help you with each step. We’ll show you how to make sure you’re including all the right people throughout the process. We’ll help you determine whether you need outside help—and how to work effectively with consultants or vendors. And we’ll identify common mistakes and show you how to avoid them.
This course includes “homework” after each session to help you put these lessons into practice, as well as additional resources for you to take with you to help with your own implementation projects.
Consultation Available to Members
As a member benefit, we have a special opportunity for Colorado Nonprofit Association members to receive a one-on-one mini consultation with an expert to answer your individual questions and help you apply what you are learning in the course. The experts are part of Idealware and Tech Impact’s consulting team. You will get instructions once the course begins on how to sign up for this. Just make sure you use your discount code to sign up.
(All sessions take place at 1 pm Eastern (11:00 am MST) and last for 90 minutes.)
February 19: Planning Your Implementation Project
In this opening session, we’ll define what typical implementation projects look like—and what successful ones look like. We’ll review key software selection techniques to apply, identify the steps of an implementation project and who should be involved in- and outside your organization, consider timelines and budgets, discuss project scope, and address the process of migrating data from your existing systems.
February 26: Keeping the Project on Track
In this session, we’ll look at examples of common challenges nonprofits face that cause projects to fail, and introduce project management basics to help you plan your implementation and see it through on time and on budget. We’ll also address relationships with consultants and vendors and how to make sure you’re getting what you need out of them, and explain how to evaluate an implementation project after completion to make sure everyone involved learns from the experience.
March 5: Fostering User Adoption
After reviewing the first two sessions, we’ll discuss the critical role user adoption plays in a successful implementation project and introduce the idea of change management to help ensure your success. We’ll also look at the importance of training and cultural shifts in user adoption.
Participants will also be given weekly homework assignments.
Please register with the email address where you would like to receive the access code and dialin information for the online seminar. Also, be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts to ensure meeting details do not get caught in your spam folder.
Please manually update your calendar to account for the correct time of each session 11:00 am MST (1:00 Eastern).
All registered participants are granted access to the recordings of each session. Participants who cannot attend any of the sessions due to scheduling conflicts will still have access to the toolkit presentation decks and handouts.
- $95 with discount code
- $120 regular
- Please email Akila Copeland for the Colorado Nonprofit Association member discount code
- Idealware pricing applies
- This training is NOT free to members of Colorado Nonprofit Association
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