The anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir will not be slowed down because of the appointment of the former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Dineshwar Sharma as the Centre’s Special Representative to carry forward the dialogue, a senior official said on Wednesday.The directive came after a high-level meeting to review the security situation in the State. The meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and was attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, IB Director Rajiv Jain, Army chief Bipin Rawat and NIA Director-General Yogesh Chander Modi. Mr. Sharma, who was also present, made a presentation on his recent visit to Srinagar and Jammu where he had met over 80 delegations. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was to have attended the meeting, but for some other engagement, an official said.‘Decrease in protests’“It was a meeting of the core group of Ministers to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Though the number of protests has come down, sustained operations have been going on against militants. Mr. Modi spoke about the status of the investigation in the terror-funding cases against separatists,” said a senior official of the Home Ministry. Jammu and Kashmir Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid said recently around 170 militants were gunned down by security forces in the State this year.
Torrential rains over the past 24 hours triggered flash floods and landslides, wreaking havoc in Manipur and Mizoram. Some parts of Assam too had been affected.Officials in Manipur capital Imphal said there had been large-scale displacement of people in Imphal Valley owing to the flooding. The valley constituted about 20% of Manipur’s geographical area but had 40 of the State’s 60 Assembly constituencies.“The situation is critical because of flash floods and landslides. We are trying to rescue people and provide relief besides assessing the situation,” Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh said, adding that educational institutions in the valley were closed on Wednesday.Breaching of river embankments at various places had aggravated the situation, officials in relief and rescue operations said. Among the submerged facilities in the valley was All India Radio resulting in suspension of services.National Highway cut offOfficials said the national highway connecting Manipur with southern Assam had been cut off because of landslides. Power supply had also been disrupted.In Mizoram, more than 500 families had been affected by flash floods and landslides in four districts. More than 1,000 people were evacuated to safer places in two of the worst affected districts – Lunglei and Aizawl.The State government had declared a two-day holiday as landslides blocked roads in more than 40 places, cutting off many areas. At least half a dozen houses collapsed because of landslides.Officials said efforts were on to clear the debris from the roads. The road from State capital Aizawl to Lengpui, Mizoram’s only airport, was cleared by Tuesday evening.Three Assam districts hitFloods had also affected three Assam districts – Golaghat, Karimganj and Hailakandi. The Kaziranga National Park, large swathes of which are in Golaghat district, had also been partially inundated. River Difolu flowing through it had overflowed to submerge a stretch of a highway alongside.Pradip Kumar Talukdar, the Deputy Commissioner of southern Assam’s Karimganj district, said the district hadbeen affected by unprecedented flood in adjoining Mizoram.The National Disaster Response Force said it had deployed search and rescue teams in eight districts of Assam to ensure prompt response during floods. These districts were Cachar, Tinsukia, Sonitpur, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Dhemaji and Kamrup (Metro).The Indian Meteorological Department had attributed the sudden heavy rainfall in parts of the Northeast to an “upper air cyclonic circulation over south Assam and Meghalaya” and neighbouring areas.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES San Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts Magnolia in Game 7 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 29-year-old Fajardo also put his name in the record books with another performance to remember with a PBA record 31 rebounds that went with 17 points.Fajardo averaged 22.9 points, 19.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in the series in which San Miguel had to come back from a 3-2 series deficit.The Cebuano giant now has three Finals MVPs and seven PBA championships.The Beermen won their 27th championship overall.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments READ: San Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts Magnolia in Game 7FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew June Mar Fajardo wins another finals MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—To no one’s surprise, June Mar Fajardo was named Finals MVP in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.Fajardo showed why he’s the most dominant player in the league today as he willed San Miguel Beer past Magnolia to a historic fifth straight All-Filipino title on Wednesday night after a 72-71 Game 7 squeaker.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport
MANILA, Philippines—A different version of Mark Nonoy is ready to play in the first Final Four of his collegiate career for University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT “If I’m given the award then it’s a bonus, but our goal really is the championship,” said Nonoy. “We’re in the Final Four and we’ve worked hard for this. We sacrificed a lot to be in this position and this was the product of all our hard work during the summer,”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MVP race far from Chabi Yo’s mind as UST faces grueling road to title round LATEST STORIES Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? View comments Nonoy, who stands a shade under 5-foot-8, ripped defenses apart during his high school days averaging 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.6 steals but Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo wanted his speedster to distribute the ball more and run their offense.In the 14 games of the elimination round, Nonoy averaged 10 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 0.7 steals a game and those numbers were all massive drops from his days with the Tiger Cubs.“This isn’t high school because there weren’t a lot of strong players back then and now you’ll barely find a player with a low skill level,” said Nonoy.There is, however, a consolation for Nonoy’s humble efforts as he’s primed to become the league’s Rookie of the Year.Nonoy led the Rookie of the Year race after the first round with 38.29 statistical points but an individual honor isn’t on the thought process of the young Growling Tiger.ADVERTISEMENT Nonoy was a scoring phenom for the Tiger Cubs but he has since slowly changed his playing style to be a more adept point guard in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.With the Final Four looming, Nonoy said he’s ready to display his different style and help the Growling Tigers get their first title in 13 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“My job now is to help my teammates improve, how to make them better, and how to put them in situations to score,” said Nonoy in Filipino Thursday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion.“When I make an assist, it’s like scoring for me and making plays and being a pass-first point guard is what I aim to do in my collegiate career. I have to be a pure point guard.” Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics
For some, Facebook is a natural extension of your career and personal brand, adding value to your story. For others, Facebook is a locked-down arsenal used solely to swap pictures and personal updates with your innermost circle.For careerists who have chosen the second option, you may want to reconsider your strategy. Being hidden from potential hiring decision makers, influencers, opinion leaders and recruiters may result in missed opportunities.According to The Undercover Recruiter, there are 1.1 billion users per month on Facebook; and, of recruiters using Facebook, 85% would recommend Facebook as a tool to other recruiters.So, if you want to be seen professionally beyond your own inner circle, you might consider being more “Facebook public.’”Some ways to do this:1. Set Your Privacy Settings to Public. Remember, being ‘public’ means everything you publish to Facebook will be seen by anyone who searches your name and profile, so if you choose this setting, you will obviously want to be prudent with your posts.However, cautious (but authentic) posting may net positive results. By creating a public Facebook persona, you may mesh your values with those hunting for new talent.And in today’s workplace environment, where culture fit is an important attribute valued by employees and employers, a casual, easy-to-inform and simple to access venue like Facebook is attractive.2. Maintain Poise and Professionalism, But Let Your Hair Down Just a Little.While LinkedIn’s reputation is more ‘strictly professional,’ Facebook’s reputation is somewhat casual. And while you may envision Facebook as primarily a platform for selfies, vacation photos and first-day-of-school mug shots, this vision could be shortsighted.A multiplicity of professionals on Facebook blend their business with personal, painting a richer, more vibrant picture of their likability.So, if you are someone who is comfortable blending business with personal, your ability to connect with someone over a cafe mocha and picture of your kids can lead to more than just chit chat. Just as in other networking venues where connections over common interests lead to job referrals and hiring opportunities, Facebook conversations can transition from light-hearted to business-serious, over time. Think, organic relationship building.3. Start Posting, Regularly. Facebook is an incredible venue to market your career value “goods.” Whether you post regular (daily or weekly) updates to your own wall that drive home your experience, knowledge and expertise, or you engage in meaningful conversations on other Facebook friends’ pages, you can create buzz around your brand.As well, if publish a professional blog that would extend your message to potential hiring decision makers or influencers in your industry, you can share your posts with your Facebook stream, further expanding your visibility.Introducing and sharing other colleagues’, opinion leaders’ and experts’ blogs and articles also extends your value while fortifying relationships with influential others.
In spirit of #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back to the community, we’re proud Glassdoor has been recognized for joining the Pledge 1% movement.Our mission at Glassdoor is to help people everywhere find a job and company they love, and by making this pledge, we are committing to donating one percent of our product, equity and employees’ time to supporting groups and communities that help those who might be disadvantaged, develop job skills and find meaningful work.Since launching in 2014, more than 500 companies have joined the Pledge 1% movement, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this esteemed group. Here at Glassdoor, we strongly believe that making the commitment today will lead to a sizeable impact in the future.Taking this pledge is the first step on our journey, so the exact mechanics of our program are being scoped. While we have focused on encouraging our employees to volunteer by offering paid time off and supporting local initiatives in our backyards, we realize we can do more to give back. The 1% pledge will be the cornerstone of our plans to bring philanthropy to the forefront at Glassdoor.The Pledge 1% movement is aiming to secure 1,000 new pledges within the next year. This is an ambitious goal, but one we believe is achievable. To learn more about how your company can take the pledge, visit www.pledge1percent.org.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to know how long an interview process will take? After all, it can be frustrating to spend week after week in what seems like the longest, most stressful first date ever. We’re eliminating the guesswork and the seemingly endless interview process.The 2017 Best Places to Interview honors 100 U.S companies with more than 1,000 employees that have cracked the code on how to provide an interview experience that’s not just okay, but downright delightful. Not only do these companies have amazing experiences as reported by candidates, a handful of them will hire in 20 days or less.According to new Glassdoor research, the average length of the hiring process in the U.S. is about 23.8 days. These 25 companies beat that average!Time to update your resume, craft an amazing cover letter, and prepare for the interview — these companies are waiting for candidates just like you.Horizon MediaInterview Experience: 91% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.7/5Interview Process: 17 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “The process was very efficient and moved quickly. Everyone I spoke with was welcoming, engaged and responsive.” —Account Supervisor InterviewSee Open Jobs BelkInterview Experience: 77% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.1/5Interview Process: 12 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “I went in for an interview with a sales manager. All they want is open availability. It was very quick and sweet. It wasn’t scary or intimidating. They seem to want people that can work anytime.” —Sales Associate InterviewSee Open Jobs AnthropologieInterview Experience: 72% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.3/5Interview Process: 14 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “It was a group interview and only lasted about 10 minutes. They asked about our availability and past work experience. Finally, they asked about what we felt the Anthropologie brand represented and our personal style.” —Sales Associate InterviewSee Open Jobs Old NavyInterview Experience: 72% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.0/5Interview Process: 12 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “It took 20 minutes, basic question interview. They only ask what is your availability. As well as [my] previous employer. The manager asked me if I’m available for orientation the on Friday, I got interview on Wednesday. So they call me for orientation Saturday. Pretty fast job process.” —Sales Associate InterviewSee Open Jobs LyftInterview Experience: 72% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.9/5Interview Process: 18 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “Was honestly the most fun time I have ever had during an interview. Each step was 10-15 minutes long, and moved really quick. Which kept everything upbeat. So excited to start my job with Lyft.” —Critical Response Associate InterviewSee Open Jobs Bain & CompanyInterview Experience: 79% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 3.4/5Interview Process: 18 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “The interview was friendly and consisted of some personal (leadership, experience, etc.) questions and cases. The cases were interesting and novel, and the interviewers seemed to really want to get to know me. They were also open about their experiences at the firm.” —Associate Consultant InterviewSee Open Jobs LUSH North AmericaInterview Experience: 81% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.5/5Interview Process: 13 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “There are role play situations and product demonstrations. You learn a list of the ingredients they use and don’t use and why and their sourcing habits, locations, and what each ingredient is used for primarily (Second round of interviews). You must be confident!” —Sales Associate InterviewSee Open Jobs American Eagle OutfittersInterview Experience: 72% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.0/5Interview Process: 10 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “I felt extremely comfortable in my interview. The lady I had interviewed with was very friendly and had asked the typical American Eagle interview questions. I had left feeling confident and not worried, mainly because she had made sure I was comfortable and not nervous during the process.” —Sales Associate InterviewSee Open Jobs Chick-fil-AInterview Experience: 73% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.2/5Interview Process: 16 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “The interview processes were pretty relaxed. I had two interviews in total. The first interview consisted of the manager reviewing my application (an inquiry about skills and talents I had listed on my app) and asking questions related to personality and future aspirations. Questions included Tell me about yourself, whats your favorite movie, how long do you plan to work for Chick-fil-A, why did you choose to apply for Chick-fil-A, who inspires you.” —Team Member InterviewSee Open Jobs lululemonInterview Experience: 72% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.4/5Interview Process: 16 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “Group interview, round table style. It was very relaxed. Just want to get to know your personality more than anything else. We also took a workout class as part of the interview process which is different but fun.” —Educator InterviewSee Open Jobs SSM HealthInterview Experience: 83% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.6/5Interview Process: 13 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “Process took a little longer than a month. There was a phone interview, in person interview with director and supervisor. Then a panel interview. Everyone was very nice and did a wonderful job at explaining everything.” —Business Lead InterviewSee Open Jobs United AirlinesInterview Experience: 74% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.9/5Interview Process: 17 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “The interview process is very structured. I applied online and within a week I received an invitation to complete an OnDemand interview via HireVue. Suggestions for HireVue: Be in a well-lit area. My suggestion is to use as much natural lighting as possible. Be well-dressed. Research the company and see how the flight attendants dress for the particular company and emulate that! The HireVue questions were behavioral questions. Everything I read on Glassdoor has been accurate!” —Flight Attendant InterviewSee Open Jobs QuikTripInterview Experience: 80% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.3/5Interview Process: 10 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “I applied to Quiktrip online. In a week or two, I was called to get an interview. I had to go to the corporate office in Tempe for the interview. Overall, it was a pretty easy one-on-one interview and the interviewer gave me a free drink coupon.” —Part-Time Cashier InterviewSee Open Jobs Nordstrom RackInterview Experience: 76% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.3/5Interview Process: 11 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “I applied online. The interview was split into two parts. An at home video recorded interview done by corporate and then a few days between to find out I moved along and will be interviewed in store. Overall they were fairly common and easy questions. Mainly behavioral with how you would act in difficult situations or sharing an actual experience you with a difficult customer or something else along those lines.” —Rotating Sales & Support Associate InterviewSee Open Jobs PublixInterview Experience: 72% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.0/5Interview Process: 12 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “Relaxed, kind people. The store is always busy so you get summed up pretty quick. Be short and straight with your answers. But they laid down the rules and emphasized what a great company it is to work for. Good people work for this company.” —Bakery Clerk InterviewSee Open Jobs ExxonMobilInterview Experience: 73% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.9/5Interview Process: 19 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “It’s a one-hour phone interview. It includes two parts: 1. They first did job position introduction as well as [gave] their background introduction; 2. They went through my Ph.D. work (based on my resume) and asked me to explain some experiences that I listed on my resume.” —Process Engineer InterviewSee Open Jobs PaylocityInterview Experience: 77% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.8/5Interview Process: 19 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “I had a phone interview with an internal recruiter, completed an online skills test, and had an in-person interview with a panel of managers. The recruiter helped prepare me for the interview and was wonderful to work with. She made the whole process so fun and pleasant!” —Account Manager InterviewSee Open Jobs Sunrise Senior LivingInterview Experience: 73% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.3/5Interview Process: 14 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “I received a call from the executive director to schedule an interview and was interviewed the next day. the interview was pretty straightforward. It wasn’t too hard but it wasn’t incredibly easy either. If you have a passion for healthcare and senior living and have a kind heart you should get the job.” —CNA/Care Giver InterviewSee Open Jobs H E BInterview Experience: 78% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.5/5Interview Process: 13 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “1st interview was just trying to get a feel for who you are and if you would be a good fit for the company, nothing hard, just trying to see if you’re friendly and have a decent personality, very short. Then had a 2nd interview with the store manager (I think) immediately after, more typical interview questions and was then offered the job.” —Checker InterviewSee Open Jobs J. CrewInterview Experience: 83% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.0/5Interview Process: 9 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “Applied online and was called about a week later. Total process took less than three weeks. The Store Director and Market Director were very friendly and knowledgeable. You could really tell they love their jobs. Gave me the pay I asked for and I gladly accepted to join the team!” —Sales Associate InterviewSee Open Jobs Banana RepublicInterview Experience: 78% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.2/5Interview Process: 11 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “Over the phone questions first then [an] in person interview about the job and myself. They had me recommend clothing options to in store employees. Also had me pretend to deal with an angry customer.” —Sales InterviewSee Open Jobs StarbucksInterview Experience: 73% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.2/5Interview Process:15 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “I applied online and got a call from manager 3 days later. It was kind of a mini-interview and was asked for an interview the following day. Interview took about 45 minutes and was hired on the spot :)”—Barista InterviewSee Open Jobs In-N-Out BurgerInterview Experience: 74% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.4/5Interview Process: 12 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “Group Interview. Asked basic questions like why work for INO? Name a time you had good/bad customer service. Talk about yourself. The interview was roughly 20 minutes. Got called back for 2nd interview which lasted 5 minutes asking for available times.” —Store Associate InterviewSee Open Jobs FedExInterview Experience: 74% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.2/5Interview Process: 19 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “Phone Interview was very formal, and my interviewer was very nice and seemed dedicated to his position. He made me feel very confident and asked me to come in person for a face to face interview, and I of course accepted.” —Assistant Manager InterviewSee Open Jobs Frontier AirlinesInterview Experience: 74% PositiveInterview Difficulty: 2.3/5Interview Process: 18 DaysWhat Candidates Say: “As many of you know from applying, they are extremely strict with the tattoo and piercing policy. If you have them, get rid of them or have an amazing cover up handy. She asked a few questions and then extended an invitation to the F2F. If all goes well, they hire on the spot, but they have a large pool of people waiting to go for training.” —Flight Attendant InterviewSee Open Jobs Methodology: Candidates’ Choice Award winners for the 2017 Best Places to Interview are determined using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, in which an employer’s overall interview experience rating is mostly taken into account, along with factors including interview difficulty rating and interview length (number of days for the interview process). At a minimum, employers for the U.S. list (those with 1,000 employees or more) must have received at least 50 Glassdoor-approved interview reviews, including at least 50 interview experience ratings, from U.S.-based employees between July 2, 2016 and July 1, 2017. Interview difficulty ratings based on a five-point scale: 1.0=very easy, 3.0=average, 5.0=very difficult. Companies in this article are listed in no particular order and have an interview length (number of days for the interview process) of 20 days or less. Complete report methodology can be found and downloaded here: https://www.glassdoor.com/List/about-employees-choice-awards.htm
Burnley youth coach Michael Duff says the opening of their £10.6million Gawthorpe training centre has transformed the club.The new facility houses the Clarets’ first team, development squad and Under-18s together for the first time.And Duff told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: “There literally used to be a separate world, not just the Under-18s, it was the whole academy.“Tommy Wood, one of our second years, got player of the year last season (2015/16) and, even being a first team player, I didn’t know his name. It’s wrong. He got player of the year so he must’ve been the best player but I didn’t even know his name, nevermind anybody else’s.“It’s different now. They train indoor in the morning and Tom (Heaton) will stick his head around the corner and have a chat with a couple of the lads. Dean Marney has done the same. They’re building relationships, it’s aspirational.”
Real Betis are on the brink of signing Barcelona winger Cristian Tello.Back in Spain after an extended loan with Fiorentina, Tello is ready to quit Barca this summer.Sport says talks with Betis are at an advanced stage, with new coach Quique Setién making his arrival a priority.Negotiations have accelerated over the last 24 hours after Betis learned of rival interest from Zenit St Petersburg.Despite the Russian approach, Tello is expected to commit to the Seville club.
How are small organizations tracking constituents? What are they struggling with, and what works well?If someone asked you how many of your new donors also volunteered this year, how long would it take you to answer? What about the number of activists you have in a particular county? In what areas has water quality improved most over the last five years?Databases can transform organizations’ ability to answer these types of questions. They are an invaluable tool for small organizations in particular, as they are a very cost-effective way to focus energy on the things that are really making a difference. Databases allow you to find and manage data for thousands of people or programs. Creating a list of people to contact becomes straightforward. And database software makes reporting much easier: Rather than having to laboriously tally spreadsheets or contacts, you can generate overviews at the touch of a button.What is a Database?A database, at least for the purposes of this article, is something that allows you to organize – and thus view and edit – a related set of information. A database might store all your constituents, all of your educational programs, environmental data, or anything else you want to be able to easily track and report on.What about Excel? Is it a database? Well, technically it is, but it’s not the type of database that we’re talking about here. When most people refer to a database, they mean what’s called a “relational database.” A relational database can link multiple types and levels of information together, making it far easier to store, say, people, the organizations they work for, and volunteer programs, and manage the relationships between all of those things.This article focuses on relational database software – anything from Access or FileMaker Pro (tools that allow you to build your own database) to packaged software like GiftWorks, DonorPerfect, DemocracyInAction, or Salesforce – that can help you manage your organization’s information.Planning for a DatabaseBefore you consider what actual database tool is right for you, it’s important to think through what’s important for your organization.Understand who will use it. Your organization’s databases shouldn’t be the domain of the technical. Many people will need to use it – for instance, a constituent database should be used by anyone looking up a constituent phone number or tracking a contact with someone.Think through the processes and data you need to track. What do you currently do that should be supported in the new system? What isn’t working well right now that could be improved with a new system? What do you think you might want to do down the road? Try to consider all the ways that you could interact with the data you’re going to track.Begin with your outputs in mind. Make a list of the reports, lists, and other things that you will want to output from the system. What information will you need? In what ways will you need to filter the data?Get a sense for what’s possible. Understanding what organizations like yours are doing, or some of the features that are offered in common database software can help you understand what you might want to do yourself. On the other hand, be critical of “sexy” features: Don’t be seduced by features that are just nifty rather than actually useful.Prioritize your needs. Define which of your needs are critical, and which are just nice to have. Trying to support everything at once can result in a system that’s too complicated for your needs or not being able to find a system at all.Planning sets the groundwork for a good database choice, and for effective use of your database once you get it. A little thought and a few meetings up front can make the difference between a great technology tool and an expensive mistake.Choosing a SolutionWith a sense of what you’re looking for, you’ll need to take a look at the available database packages.Know the options. Don’t just decide to go with the only software package with which you’re familiar. Get a sense of what’s available. For an overview, see our article A Few Good Low-Cost Constituent Databases.Be skeptical of building your own. It can seem like an easy answer to just build something that does exactly what you want in Access or FileMaker Pro, and this might make sense if you have unusual needs. Ask yourself, though, whether your organization is effectively equipped to produce software. Do you have the resources to design it, build it, and test it effectively? To maintain and update it down the road? What will happen if the person who builds it is no longer available?Integrate, don’t proliferate. Strive to have as few databases as possible. All the information about each person your organization touches should ideally be in a single database. If you find that you need to add another database system, think through how you will integrate the data with the systems you already have.Use price as only one criteria. A database that is free or cheap but doesn’t meet your needs isn’t useful. In fact, the time you spend in trying to work around it is likely to cost you far more than you would have paid for the right database.Don’t assume bigger is better. More features and more power almost invariably translate to something that will be harder for your staff to learn and use. Look for something that meets your core needs without a bunch of additional features.You’ll need to balance the desire to look at every possible solution and find the perfect database with the realities of your time and the market. If you define your needs up front, though, you be able to tell when a database is good enough to be effective for your organization.Database Care and FeedingPicking a great solution is just the beginning of a process to make sure your database is useful and used.Don’t underestimate the start-up process. Getting your new database ready to use can be time consuming. You’ll need to move all your existing data – whether from an existing database or from spreadsheets, Outlook, or other sources – into the database, and train your staff in how to use the new package. Keep in mind that change can be difficult, and you may need to work through resistance to the new system.Define and document data practices and standards. Make sure that everyone understands how data should be entered. What does each category or code mean? Should addresses be capital or lowercase? Data that’s entered inconsistently is a nightmare when it’s time to create lists or reports. Written documentation or “cheat sheets” of best practices – particularly on how to use categories or codes in the system – can make a huge difference in people’s ability to use these practices effectively.Put someone in charge. Someone needs to keep an eye on the database and the data that’s entered to make sure that things are going smoothly and to troubleshoot problems. Staff members will need to know who to go to with questions as well.With a little bit of time devoted to training, standards, and oversight, you can keep things on an even keel and avoid big headaches down the road.Wrapping It UpDatabases can provide huge benefits, but choosing one wily-nilly and slapping it into place is likely to cause only trouble down the road. Think through what you need, take a look at what other organizations are doing, choose a solution carefully, and keep a careful eye on your ongoing data and processes. With some care, a database can be a tremendously powerful too, allowing you to easily identify groups of constituents, quickly generate reports, improve your programs and relationships, and, above all, to better achieve your mission.This article is courtesy of Idealware, which provides candid information to help nonprofits choose effective software. For more articles and reviews, go to http://www.idealware.org/.Copyright: IdealwareSource: http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/databases/page7129.cfm
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 27, 2010June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Written by Meagan Manas, MDiv, Women’s Ministries, National Council of ChurchesFistula Stories is a faith-based 4-session curriculum for use in churches, campus ministries, and other community groups. Through education, Bible study, and advocacy planning, Fistula Stories invites the group to take a stand on Global Maternal Health. Studying the specific issue of fistula provides a tangible framework in which to explore the connections between faith and action as well as our connections to our global sisters. The Fistula Stories curriculum is available for free download here, where you can read more stories of faith in action, find out more about fistula, and learn about what is being done to improve life for women worldwide.Click here to read the press release announcing the new and expanded Fistula Stories curriculum. Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 4, 2014August 18, 2017By: Dr. Jane Hirst, Nuffield Medical Fellow, University of OxfordClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes rise around the world, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is becoming increasingly common. GDM is a condition where blood glucose levels in pregnancy are too high, which has potentially serious consequences for both mother and baby, most commonly with the baby growing too large resulting in birth trauma. Keeping maternal blood glucose levels within the normal range can largely prevent complications of GDM. This is achieved through diet and exercise, often requiring the addition of medications such as insulin or metformin. More women with GDM has led to increasingly overcrowded outpatient clinics, with many women coming only for review of their blood glucose results.GDm-Health is an interactive remote blood glucose monitoring system developed in response to increasing numbers of women with GDM in the UK. The aim was to develop a digital solution to help women better monitor and control their blood glucose levels at home with less frequent outpatient appointments. The technology uses a Bluetooth enabled blood glucose meter to automatically transmit readings to a smartphone application and secure website. A midwife then reviews the results and can contact the women via SMS or phone call if any changes are required.Preliminary results from a service development cohort of 50 women were extremely encouraging. Women found the system convenient to use, appreciating the extra support from the health care team without the need for long waits in the outpatient department. For the success of any mHealth application, It is vital that users be involved at all stages in the development process. An example of this from our initiative was modification of the technology to improve bilateral communication with the introduction of a function for patients to signal to the midwife that they would like a phone call. Seemingly small additions like this can help improve compliance.A randomized controlled trial evaluating whether the system can actually improve clinical outcomes with the system is currently underway. If we can demonstrate that this technology can improve clinical outcomes as well as patient satisfaction, the next challenge will be effective scale up, both within the UK and abroad.While the uptake of smartphones isn’t a challenge to scale-up in our case given the setting, scaling faces several other challenges. Firstly, the security and confidentiality of the patient’s data must be paramount. Currently all information is hosted on a secure NHS server, however if the system were to be used elsewhere this would have to be negotiated. The second major consideration is the ongoing costs of the system. Blood glucose test strips compatible with the system are expensive, limiting enthusiasm for uptake. Additionally, the cost of data transmission via 3G networks must also be considered.And yet the key rate-limiting step to scale-up in many settings is likely to be gaining support of the health professionals required for the system to work. A phone itself does not save lives. It is the people using it and their experience and ability to effectively communicate advice through the technology.It is hoped that working with hospitals in our region, industry partners and learning from experiences abroad these issues will be able to be overcome and outcomes for women with GDM improved.Do you have an opinion on the role mHealth can play to improve maternal health? What do you see as the biggest advantages of mHealth? The limitations? If you are interested in submitting a blog post for our ongoing guest blog series on mHealth for Maternal Health, please email MHTF Research Assistant Yogeeta Manglani at firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:
CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals booked a place in the NFL playoffs with a 37-28 win against Denver on Dec. 22, with Dre Kirkpatrick returning an interception for a touchdown in the closing minutes to complete a fourth-quarter comeback.Kirkpatrick’s 30-yard return with 2:41 left capped a game of big plays — long runs, big kick returns and two interceptions run back for scores. With 67 seconds left, Kirkpatrick picked off Peyton Manning to clinch it.The Bengals (10-4-1) secured a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season, a franchise record. They’ll play in Pittsburgh Dec. 28 — the last weekend of the regular season — with the winner taking the AFC North title.Manning rallied the Broncos (11-4) to three touchdowns in the third quarter and the lead, but came up empty in the closing minutes and finished with a season-worst four interceptions. The loss gave New England home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.The AFC West champions failed in their attempt to clinch a first-round bye and came away with more questions about Manning, who was limited in practice during the week because of a strained right thigh.Denver scored 21 points in the third quarter, with Manning throwing a pair of touchdowns to Emmanuel Sanders. With a chance to pull off his 51st game-winning drive in a heavy rain, Manning threw a sideline pass directly to Kirkpatrick, who ran it back untouched.Manning finished 28-of-44 for 311 yards. He’d been 8-0 career against the Bengals with 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He nearly matched that interception total in one game.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Here are six great, easy steps to improving your email outreach that Anne Holland presented at Marketing Sherpa’s Email Summit:Opt-ins – Make it easy for people to sign up to hear from your nonprofit right on your home page. Don’t make them have to hunt long and hard to find how to sign up, or go to through many steps and pages to do it.Welcome messages – Only half of folks Marketing Sherpa surveyed welcomed new sign-ups within 72 hours. You can stand out just by saying hi and starting a conversation once people do opt-in to hear from you.Transactional emails – People open them at much higher rates than anything else. Of course – they want their receipt or to track their stuff if they’ve bought something. So when you receipt (and I hope, thank) donors, you might consider putting in a bit of nice additional content. I wouldn’t ask for more money right then because donors are tired of that, though.Reputation – from AOL to Earthlink to Yahoo!, providers are sorting spam by the reputation of the organization sending the mail. Even though you’re a nice nonprofit, you might get blocked if you’ve had too many bounces or unsubscribes from your emails. So think about slashing your list so it’s just made up of people who really want to hear from you, and consider being more careful about sharing it with people who might spam your supporters.Design and rendering – Did you know half of all folks 25-54 have images blocked on email by default? Wow. And a high number of folks read all their email in preview panes. MAKE SURE your emails appear right. It turns out when people get an email with a funky layout or blocked images, many think it’s spam. Second, make sure that if your images are blocked, there is something interesting to read so you don’t lose people. Third, put what’s interesting at the top and at the left so people can see it in preview.Landing pages – Sherpa says they give you the best bang for your buck. So don’t just write great emails. If people click through, make sure the place they go is very compelling.
Katya’s note: The name of a white paper recently caught my eye – it promised 15 rules to good email subject lines. My marketing colleague Rebecca Ruby here at Network for Good was interested too — and lucky for us, she read it and summarizes it here for us. Thanks Rebecca!By Rebecca Ruby, marketing maven at Network for GoodLyris HQ has a great a white paper “Email Subject Lines: 15 Rules to Write Them Right,” which highlights the make-or-break importance of subject lines. It’s well worth taking a few moments to go through their registration and obtain your own copy, but here my favorite highlights:•Test! Test subject lines. Write them early (not at the last minute). Test again, measure results, and use those analytics to drive future content.•Structure and content are both important. You need to be cognizant of where the key info goes, as well as how strong your call-to-action is.•Subject lines play into trust-building. The subject line can include a branding element or another device to tie to the “from” address. A quick way to kill that positive messaging? Stretching the truth about what’s inside the message.Here’s a breakdown of their entire list:1. Read the newspaper. Newspaper headlines highlight a story’s most important fact in a limited space—which is coincidentally exactly what marketing email subject lines should do.2. There is no sure-fire formula. Subject lines are non-recyclable and not necessarily the same when sending different types of campaigns.3. Test, test, test. According to rule 2, there’s not a surefire winner, so be sure to allow time for testing.4. Support the “from” line. The “from” tells recipients who sent the message, and the subject line sells that recipient on whether to open it. You don’t need to repeat your company name in the subject, but do consider some subject-line branding (ex: the name of the newsletter).5. List key info first. Put the key information in the first 50 characters. Not sure where the subject line will be cut off? Send it to yourself to test and check!6. Open rates don’t always measure subject-line success. Your end goal is not necessarily high open rate, but to have subscribers take a specific action. Focus on those results instead of open-rate numbers.7. Personalize. Personalize subject lines based on your recipients’ content preferences and/or interests, and then be sure to make it easy for readers to find and update this information upon receiving your message.8. Urgency drives action. Set deadlines for action, and consider using a series: “Only five days left until–!” followed up later in the week with, “Just 24 hours left until–”9. Watch those spam filters. Run your copy through a content checker to identify spam-like words, phrases and construction. A couple of big no-no’s: all capital letters and excessive use of exclamation points.10. “Free” is not evil. As a follow-up to number 9, avoid putting the word “free” first, but you needn’t leave it out entirely.11. Lead, but don’t mislead. Subject lines are not the place to overpromise. Be truthful about whatever the text claims to avoid distrust.12. Write and test early and often. Flip your thinking: Craft and test your subject line prior to composing the rest of your message. (Remember rule 3?)13. Review subject-line performance over your last several campaigns or newsletters. Not only will this type of data-mining shed light on your subject-line successes (highest conversation rates, click-through rate, etc.), it will drive future content strategies.14. Continue the conversation. Sending campaigns more frequently than once per month or quarter helps create a back-and-forth with readers, and also allows for content follow-up if something from a previous campaign has news.15. Can you pass the must-open/must-read test? Must-read means this: If a subscriber doesn’t open the email, they will feel like they are out of the loop and may have missed an offer they will regret not taking advantage of. Also, be sure to check out whether your message is going to the bulk-folder (see rule 9).
You might be breaking the law. According to the CAN-SPAM law, if someone requests to be removed from your list, you must do so within 10 business days. Most people who send their emails from their desktop computers don’t have scripts to help them automatically process unsubscribe requests. They simply ask people to “reply with unsubscribe in the subject line.” That’s prone to mistakes, and potentially a CAN-SPAM lawsuit from the FTC. You’ll easily organize and manage your subscribers while you grow your audience the right way. The ease-of-use: Our intuitive interface makes even the most sophisticated email-marketing features easy for anyone to use, saving you time and effort and allowing you to let non-technical staff members help you manage your lists, content and account. And if you are using Network for Good’s DonateNow, you can see the fundraising results from your email campaigns right in your donation reports. You’ll easily create stylish campaigns and let EmailNow’s engine and relationships help you get great results. Your emails will get into your supporters’ in boxes because a team of deliverability experts keeps you off spam lists. You just hit send.Starting at just $29.95/month, EmailNow is an affordable and reliable email messaging service for nonprofits today. And most importantly, EmailNow is not like the other various programs designed to help you manage your customer and member email communications. What sets us apart? Here are four reasons: Send emails to thousands of recipients, and you’ll get all the bouncebacks and autoreplies from them. So much for free time! Will you be able to manually process them? Hard bounces (i.e. bad/incorrect addresses) should be removed from your list immediately, or your email address will be blacklisted by ISPs. Soft bounces (i.e. server timeout, full mailbox, etc.) should be retried a couple more times before removing them. Your emails may look terrible. Outlook sends HTML email in such a way that it only renders properly for other people using Outlook. What about all of your other subscribers who use another email client, like Yahoo!, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.? According to a recent survey, 54% percent of recipients opened their email in webmail, while only 27% used Outlook. The effectiveness: We focus a lot of time and attention to make sure we’re getting the highest rate of delivery possible. And that puts our nonprofit clients in the best position possible to stay connected with their supporters and turn those supporters into volunteers and donors. The relationship: We understand your email marketing needs because we are a nonprofit, and whether you’re just getting started or you have a question about a campaign or its results along the way, we stay involved to make sure you’re getting the most out of EmailNow. You’ll see how your audience members responded and use that knowledge to create more effective campaigns. You won’t know if anyone is reading your emails. Outlook and other desktop email applications don’t come with tracking tools to show you how many people opened and clicked your campaigns. How can you tell if your messaging is effective? How do you know if people are reading your information or just “filing” it in an email folder or the trash?Send Email the Right WaySo what’s the right way to send HTML email newsletters? Consider EmailNow, an email marketing service designed just for nonprofits.EmailNow (powered by Emma) was built by email marketing experts to do the tough stuff for you. It allows you to send beautiful email appeals without having to become a designer, a software engineer or someone who knows HTML or CAN SPAM laws. The secret? We built in all the expertise you need right into EmailNow and then priced it right. We’re a nonprofit that understands that’s what other nonprofits need. Here’s how EmailNow makes managing your email campaigns a snap: Say hello to your recipients spam, junk or bulk mail folder. If you send attachments with your email, you are increasing the likelihood of your email being marked as spam. In addition, if you put your email list in the TO: or CC: field, that’s a recipe for chaos. Not only do people not like their email address shared with others, all it takes is for one subscriber to click “reply-to-all” then you’ve got communication pandemonium. Think the BCC field is the answer? Sorry to disappoint, but chances are your email will end up in the recipient’s spam, junk or bulk mail folder. How do you send emails to supporters and others who want to hear from you? An email marketing tool built with nonprofits in mind?Gmail (Google Mail)Microsoft Outlook?Carrier pigeons?If you answered anything but the first in that list, we’re here to sound the “bad idea” alarm. (We won’t get into why carrier pigeons are a poor decision… Let’s just say their delivery time isn’t up to snuff and clean-up is a nightmare.)Let’s talk about Outlook, Gmail, etc.Many nonprofit organizations get started with email marketing by sending out e-newsletters via Outlook, Gmail or one of their many cousins. But beware; there are rules, caveats, landmines and poison darts-ok, so we have a bit of a flair for the dramatic-awaiting the nonprofit using these email clients for email outreach.While these are fine solutions for 1-to-1 email, they weren’t designed for sending email newsletters or fundraising appeals to groups of people. Here are six reasons why using Outlook (or something similar) for a nonprofit’s email marketing is a recipe for disaster: You may get blacklisted. If you send too many emails from your own computer, your internet service provider (ISP) may think you’re a spammer and will most likely block you. The price: EmailNow is designed with small to mid-sized nonprofits in mind, so we’ve priced it that way, too. With affordable setup and monthly pricing, EmailNow is just as affordable as it is easy, particularly when you factor in the extensive features and unlimited customer support.We’d Love to Tell You MoreEmail us at email@example.com or give us a call at 888.284.7978. One of our online fundraising specialists is waiting to introduce you to the easy and affordable world of email marketing with Network for Good’s EmailNow powered by Emma. Learn more about EmailNow.
When the National Women’s Law Center first applied for a Google grant – $10,000 worth of free advertising each month through Google’s AdWords program – my co-workers and I knew it was at least worth trying. It was free, after all.While we didn’t know what to expect from the program, once we got going we were amused by the idea of the $10,000 limit. Google AdWords charges are calculated on a cost-per-click basis. Check out the official guidelines. So to spend the full $10,000 monthly budget we’d been granted, we would have to generate $330 worth of clicks every day. Each click can cost up to $1, and we couldn’t imagine that our ads would ever generate 330 clicks in a single day.But a few months later, we were seeing our AdWords click-through rates of 600 per day. We were meeting that $330 a day budget, and sometimes even exceeding it by a few dollars. Now, we’re seven months into our Google grant, and with it we’ve been able to bring in more than 2000 new members to our e-mail database – with a cost-per-acquisition of zero. Not counting staff time, of course. Making Google Grants Work for YouIf your organization has been awarded a Google Grant but has not had much success yet, in terms of getting clicks or using your budget, then here are some suggestions:If you only have one campaign set up now, create multiple targeted campaigns and spread out your budget between them. Then, pay attention to which campaigns are getting the highest click-through rates and allocate more of your budget to them.Make sure your landing pages have a way to get visitors engaged – a sign-up box, a donation form – and that you’ve set up conversion tracking so you can find out which keywords and ads are leading visitors to complete those forms.Be timely. When your issue is in the news, start running ads on it, or tweak your existing keywords and ads to match the searches people are likely to be running. And plan ahead for holidays and other events. If your organization is offering Valentine’s Day eCards, start running ads now on Valentine’s Day-related keywords.Above all: Experiment. You’ve been given $330 a day to play with. Aim to use as much of it as you can. Run ads on everything you can think of. Throw the spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks. And once you’ve found some ads that work for your organization, keep on experimenting. Getting StartedWhen our grant application was approved, we got to work right away. Our first step, after reading through the Google-provided “Google Grants Beginner’s Guide,” was to edit the ads that were currently running to make sure they fit our messaging.Choosing the KeywordsNext, we held a series of brainstorming sessions to come up with our topics and keywords. NWLC works on a wide range of issues, so we invited program staff, as well as our communications and outreach team to suggest search terms. We used Google’s helpful Keyword Tool to help fill in the gaps.We had to be careful to include keywords that matched both our internal policy-speak and the common terms for which people might be searching. For example, although NWLC always uses the term “child care” rather than “day care,” we used them both as keywords.Writing the AdsNext, we had to draft our ad text. Because Google Grants can’t be used for direct advocacy, our standard “Contact your lawmakers about this issue today!!!”-style messaging needed some finessing to make it Google-friendly. And fitting our standard talking points into Google’s very strict character limits required some very creative punctuation, to say the least. For example, a typical NWLC field message about child care and Head Start programs might read something like, “Congress is considering whether to include much-needed funding increases for child care, Head Start, and other key domestic programs that support women and their families. Please urge your Members of Congress to support these vital programs.” That’s 241 characters long. Once we took out the direct advocacy request and edited it down to an appropriate AdWords length, our 79-character ad read: “Child Care and Head Start: Learn more about why they deserve America’s support.”Campaigns & Landing PagesNext we created a separate AdWords campaign for each of our issue areas – Poverty, Reproductive Choices, Employment, etc. We divided our budget evenly between the campaigns, and created customized landing pages for each of them. We planned to use the ads for list-building and promoting our resources, as well as for advertising job openings and increasing brand awareness, so all of our landing pages included links to resources and a sign-up box to join our e-mail list.Did It Work?Our initial results were not what we had anticipated. For example, even though pay equity has been in the news a lot lately, thanks to Congress’ votes on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, we didn’t see much in the way of impressions or clicks on the ads we ran on the issue. However, ads on some of our less timely issues, like child support enforcement, generated very high click rates.We also struggled with unexpected effects of Google’s algorithm, too. NWLC is well-known for its work on Title IX and gender equity in education, but when we tried to run ads on Title IX-related keywords, we quickly found ourselves priced out of the $1.00 CPC limit – even though, as far as we can tell, there’s only one other advertiser, a clothing store, running ads on those keywords.In our first month, we only “spent” $231 out of our $10,000 grant, and our click-through rate was only 1.08%. We still had to find our footing with the program, and to figure out which issues had the potential to generate clicks. And we had to get creative. Keywords like “health care” may have gotten us tons of impressions, but they were way out of our price range, while more targeted terms, like “insurance gender rating,” were affordable, but rarely searched. It took time for us to find that happy medium: terms people were frequently searching for that directly related to our work, but that weren’t already mobbed by other advertisers. Source: frogloop, care2’s nonprofit communications and marketing blog – http://www.frogloop.com/care2blog/
Posted on April 21, 2011June 20, 2017By: Mari Tikkanen, Managing Director, Marketing for International Development Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following post is contributed by Mari Tikkanen, Managing Director of Marketing for International Development (M4ID), which designed the platform for the Mama project with the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC). To read a blog post from the WRC on Mama, click here. This post also appears on M4ID’s blog and is posted here with permission.A new M4ID-designed Facebook and SMS communications initiative, Mama: Together for Safe Births in Crises, was launched today in New York by the Women’s Refugee Commission. The project addresses an important information gap for maternal health workers in emergencies, as identified by WRC research.Through Mama, health workers are now able to identify themselves as maternal health champions within humanitarian organizations or in the field and to join a community of practice. Maternal health practitioners will, though five innovative applications, be able to seek advice from fellow members, share best practices and lessons learned, assess their own practices/skills level and test their knowledge of the MISP (minimal initial service package). Mama also offers rewards through digital badges for actions taken as well as a ‘Lives Saved Counter’ application through which the community can register when they enabled a safe birth, showing the positive impact of their work.Mama is also an unprecedented initiative as it addresses the isolation faced by many health workers in the field through the use of new technology. For the first time, practitioners who may not have access to the Internet or smart phones will be able to send their questions/comments about maternal health to the Facebook community via SMS. This text message is posted to the Mama Facebook wall through a Facebook application. The other community members can reply to the question and the answer is sent as a text message back to the practioner. The answer is filtered by the community before it is sent back, and has to be recommended by three members before it is sent.The project also involves Mama Mentors who provide knowledge on technical updates and answer specific questions. The community will focus on different technical/programmatic themes each month and new mentors will be invited to join in and support discussions.We are very proud of this innovative project and look forward to providing continued support to Mama and WRC!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Today, Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver, echoed similar thoughts and unveiled what Women Deliver will be doing to being conversations about maternal health and other health issues beyond 2015:Beginning now and into 2012, we will post every few weeks the opinions of key thought-leaders around the globe about ICPD [International Conference on Population and Development] and MDG5 and what should happen after the deadline dates of 2014 and 2015. We will ask them to speak to specific questions and encourage you to comment. In the fall, we will have an online discussion forum to gather further comments, ideas, questions, and suggestions. It’s time to begin the conversation—and we have designated space on Women Deliver’s website to do just that. Check out the entire post and be sure to keep an eye on Women Deliver’s site as the conversations unfold.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 8, 2011August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Back in May, we posted on GlobalMama about how to start thinking about advocacy, development and health policy after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their 2015 deadline:[After 2015] a useful framework for addressing some development challenges will disappear. Even if all of the MDGs are achieved, which looks highly unlikely, none of the problems associated with them will have disappeared. Reducing poverty by half or maternal mortality by two-thirds still leaves a large number of people in poverty and mothers dying due to pregnancy complications.
This is what I’m presenting here in Florida at a social media gathering for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers:Florida Social Media Conference NscView more presentations from katyaa.