In addition to consulting to social organizations, running courses for social activists and spearheading projects, Shatil also issues publications in areas of particular pertinence to those working to make Israel a more just society. We bring in our own social-change oriented angle to issues, concepts and theories prevalent in the public debate.
Following are four examples of Shatil publications from recent years
Strategic Thinking for Social Change introduces basic principles and shares insights from Shatil’s capacity-building work. Designed for nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers, the booklet was written by Dr. Nancy Strichman along with a range of Shatil organizational consultants and diverse nonprofit practitioners. It serves as a tool that assists organizations to set priorities and make difficult decisions while operating with limited resources. It thus enables civil-society agents to take advantage of opportunities and more better respond to challenges that inevitably arise along the way.
Local Sustainable Economic Development: Strategy for Social Change is the product of a joint two-year exploration of social-justice organizations, environmental activists and other residents of the Negev, including men and women, Jews and Arabs. The intensive discussions, study tours and consultations were geared at producing an alternative to prevailing notions of economic development. The booklet therefore is an innovative, unique and timely contribution to the growing public debate about social justice in Israel.
Meet the Expert: When journalists are looking for an authoritative source on women’s rights, Jewish pluralism, social and economic justice, the environment, immigrant absorption or Arab society in Israel – they can now find them at their fingertips. Shatil’s Center for Policy Change (CPC) published a 130-page booklet, Meet the Expert: a Booklet of Experts from Organizations for Social Change, listing the contact information of dozens of such experts according to area of expertise, along with their organizational affiliation and an introduction to the organization. The experts combine experience in social activism with academic backgrounds, professional expertise and connections in the field, especially among under-represented populations.
So, how are we doing? Introducing Evaluative Processes to your Organization helps non profits to improve their work by learning to answer such critical questions as, “How do we know that we are doing well? How can we tell if we are being effective? Are we having the kind of impact that we hoped to have?” The first such publication in Israel, it came out in three editions – Hebrew, Arabic and English. It was written by Dr. Nancy Strichman, an evaluation specialist, and Fathi Marshood, director of Shatil’s Haifa office and one of Israel’s leading organizational consultants, and published in cooperation with OnetoOne, Israel. The booklet is especially timely as increasing number of funders are requiring more rigorous evaluation of programs.