Thanks to our members, what is consistently the most popular ABAG service? Our educational programs!
In 2016, we held 112 programs and webinars, all designed to assist and inform our members to be more effective grantmakers.
In December 2016, we conducted the Seventh Annual Program Survey. The survey is designed to gather feedback to improve the quality of our work and capture the impact our programs may have had on your grantmaking and the community.
We are pleased to share with you a summary of the survey results.
A personalized email was sent to 95 members who had attended three or more programs between January – December 5, 2016. 34 people responded (44% response rate). Thank you for your time and effort to help us provide you with the best possible educational programs in 2017.
We ask in the survey if any of the programs led members to take specific actions or influenced their grantmaking. Twenty people said, yes and gave examples of grantmaking decisions, aligning grantmaking with others, and sharing information with colleagues, to name a few.
We also learned from the survey that ABAG members continue to value ABAG programs for four qualities they provide:
1. The “right” speakers and information;
2. Great timing;
3. Vibrant discussion with peers; and
4. New perspectives or out-of-the-box thinking.
We will continue to make sure ABAG program have these qualities, especially including time for discussions with peers about how we can work together on issues!
When asked to name what program was most useful to them, the most frequently noted programs focus on education issues and grantmaking practice programs. Of note are that 6 programs on the list dealt with cross-cutting issues and/or were organized jointly by two affinity groups, something staff has been working on doing more of.
In 2016, for the first time, we asked about members who participate in programs remotely (either by phone or GoToMeeting). We want to share that remote participation is available for almost all ABAG programs, and while the majority of members participate in programs in person, those who have participated remotely rated their experience as “good” or “acceptable”. We encourage you to try it instead of opting out of a program!
The full report of the program survey results has been shared with the full ABAG staff, program committee, board, and group leaders.
If you have ideas for program topics and speakers, or for further information on ABAG's events and programs, please contact Elisabeth Hyleck, Programs and Initiatives Director.