Nonprofits face challenges that can hamper reaching their social goals, from obtaining and maintaining financial resources to keeping donors and volunteers engaged. One issue that is often overlooked is measuring performance. By being able to assess how well your nonprofit is performing at reaching its goals, you can pinpoint the areas your team needs to improve on, and then learn to do better in the future. Today’s technology makes it possible for you to measure performance and learn from failures in an efficient and effective way by using a learning management system (LMS). Here are three great ways that you can improve your training by taking advantage of an LMS.
1. Compliance Training
Being able to comply with regulations is a vital part of any nonprofit organization’s goals. Laws and rules change from year to year, and it’s important to be in compliance.
Compliance is not just limited to taxes and employment laws. Nonprofits should periodically assess workers and volunteers on their understanding of complying with privacy laws during events. In the age of social media and the need to instantly share a moment, ensuring that proper guidelines are followed is key to reducing liability. For example, volunteers may not fully understand the necessity of not taking videos or photographs of minors whose parents have not given explicit consent. This is especially sensitive because any child could be under some form of protection that forbids video recording or photographing without consent. An LMS can be used to facilitate this kind of compliance training, and can even keep your learners engaged with games and leaderboards.
While money is often a major concern for nonprofits, time is also an important consideration. Whether training has to completed prior to a scheduled event or to meet a compliance deadline, being able to offer relevant content to your learners is key in effectively reaching these deadlines.
Nonprofits have to be able to respond to change just as much as corporations do. This change can involve a change in procedure or even a change in location. Using an LMS that can respond to dynamic changes — with features that provide for flexibility — is ideal for transforming your training. You can use a cloud-based LMS, such as Litmos, that provides the flexibility to users to operate from any location at any specified time or to control the pace of the course — from a self-paced online course to one that uses an iterative development process.
3. Keep Track of Performance
Staff can better learn from mistakes when you have a system in place to track improvement. An LMS helps to put tracking performance in motion with visuals that show whether your learners are making progress. For example, you can use an LMS to track how well your learners have progressed after taking an assessment or quiz. You can also use an LMS to deliver immediate feedback, an important process for millennial workers.
Whether your nonprofit is in a preliminary phase or well established, ramping up your training resources and moving to a robust system are smart moves. Finding the right tools to help meet your performance goals can expedite the learning process, and Litmos offers a way to proactively learn from mistakes with its cutting-edge LMS solutions.
Learn how Litmos.org supports the growth of many nonprofits through a single mission of educating change. At the annual Litmos C3 conference held in Las Vegas from September 18-20, many of Litmos’ nonprofit customers will come together to discuss how they have built a business case for training and the phenomenal results they have seen.