There are a number of articles on the efficacy of peer health educators here, here, and here. The UN has used peer networks to reduce drug use effectively, as outlined here. In addition to these papers and tools, support for peer to peer positive health outcomes are being studied around the world for a variety of health issues from drug use to diabetes; information from many of these studies can be found in the incredible treasure trove at the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health Peers for Progress project who have published a number of important studies and toolkits.
For all things public health, one of the best places to start is the American Public Health Association which is a professional organization for people working in public health. Its website hosts a great deal of information from around the public health world. Other useful resources are data–. Because peer-reviewed data are best, work with your local reference librarian and check out the National Center for Biotechnology Information and this great article on where to find full text articles.
For evaluation specifically, the CDC: in addition to its massive files on every public health concern and its timely free MMWR, the CDC offers a great, free, self-paced resource on evaluation in public health that you can find here. In addition, some of the resources listed above, especially the The Community Toolbox have more information on creating useful evaluations.
If you’re interested in creating your own evaluation or monitoring tools and don’t want the hassle of data entry try Google Forms, which is free, or SurveyMonkey, which is a subscription service that offers more robust features and support than the free Forms. Both can be used on tablets or phones for easy data collection in the field.
If you want more information on time management, check out this great article from Princeton. You can read more about the Pomodoro Method here. If you want to know more about Stephen Covey’s time management matrix check out this page.
For cooperatives and those looking for non-hierarchical models of governance, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives sponsors The Democracy at Work Institute which is focused on developing and supporting the development of worker cooperatives, especially those by and for marginalized communities. They offer a resource library of materials for democratically-led workplaces including information on governance and converting to a cooperative structure.
Two co-ops specialize in training and have extensive resources on their websites. The first is AORTA, based in the US, which provides anti-oppression training and maintains an extensive library of resources related to a variety of governance or organizational design issues. The other is Seeds for Change, based in the UK, which provides cooperative education and facilitation and offers resources related to decision making and facilitation in democratically led organizations.
Several state and city health departments (including Kentucky, New York, California, Utah, North Dakota, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health HIV Prevention Section) have produced SSP policy manuals. Of these, the NY state manual is one of the most useful for existing organizations, as the others tend to focus exclusively on starting an SSP, getting community buy-in, or local and state policies related to syringe access – not organizational or structural issues.
For the purposes of expanding access to networks and information, another core resource that leaders should know about is the HarmRed list, which is the original listserv for American harm reduction. It is still quite active and a useful place to ask questions. In addition, many states, such as California, have statewide listservs.
To find out more about important privacy and other rights around technology check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Every independent nonprofit should also know about Tech Soup, which offers steep discounts on both hardware and software to independent nonprofits.
A lot of SSPs use Google Workspace to manage their files, email, and a number of other services. Independent nonprofits are also eligible for steep discounts on Workspace. Another source for electronic file storage is Dropbox, which some people value because it is more secure than Workspace. If you are keeping any records that need to be compliant with HIPPA standards, make sure that your file storage service has adequate safeguards.
Another great tech resource is Nonprofit Tech for Good which offers a variety of free webinars and other information that nonprofits will find helpful.
In terms of fundraising for nonprofits, most of the general nonprofit resources above have lots of information about finding and securing funds. But if you are looking for private funding there is no more important resource than Candid’s Foundation Directory. The directory includes a massive index of nearly all private funding institutions in the US. To access the directory, you must either pay for membership or access it through a library.
For federal government funds, the best source is the aptly named Grants.gov which is a clearinghouse for thousands of US government grants and RFPs, as well as information on how to apply. Keep track of what funding is available from your state through departments concerned with public and behavioral health or other social services.
If you just want to learn more about the study of fundraising, here is a great overview from Ashley Whillans at the University of British Columbia. Here is a blog post from 501Commons that shares many fundraising resources including books, strategies, and tools, and here is another from Global Giving that runs down some of the most important fundraising tools for nonprofits.
If you are looking to develop or manage your conversations with donors, check out Mailchimp, which helps you design and manage email interactions. There are also multiple services that will help you with donor management and development including the nonprofit services of Salesforce and Network for Good. You might also consider Donor Box as an alternative to PayPal or other services for collecting donations, especially recurring ones on your website; they work exclusively with NPOs and their fees are significantly lower than other services. In addition, Hootesuite, which allows users to manage their entire social media presence at one site as well as automate certain aspects of that presence at a discount through their Hootegiving program
In terms of financial software, the biggest platform in the world is Intuit’s Quickbooks. Quicksbooks is offered as both a desktop and online version. Of the two, the online version, a subscription service, has more robust support. Intuit has grown their market share in large part by offering a lot of training and support to make it easier to use their software. They run a payroll service which will file your payroll paperwork and taxes for you and even offer monthly bookkeeping services for a fee.
Another great option for payroll is Gusto, which includes payroll services but supports a suite of other employee benefits such as insurance and savings plans.
The Community Toolbox is “…a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change.” It is sponsored by the University of Kansas. The Toolbox is an amazing resource and offers a broad array of evidence-based tools on a variety of issues related to nonprofit management including strategic planning, program design, fundraising, and evaluation.
The DIY Toolkit, sponsored by the UK’s Nesta, is a wealth of evidence-based documentation and tool sets that can help organizations with essential tasks such as strategic planning, SWOT analysis, value mapping, and more.
Issue Lab by Candid, formerly the Foundation Center and Guidestar, has an exhaustive array of documentation on nonprofit basics, such as organizational design and governance from many different organizations. It includes hundreds of documents on harm reduction. The Foundation Center Library (under the new name Foundation Directory) and the original Guidestar (which accredits non-profits and helps motivated donors find new causes) still exist.
Non-Profit Quarterly is a venerable institution in the nonprofit sector and has the objective of providing credible, research-based articles for nonprofits about nonprofit management and governance.
Global Giving is an international nonprofit that allows crowd sourcing of socially beneficially projects around the world. They also maintain a library of information and tools for nonprofits to help with planning, fundraising and engagement.
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We do not claim that this is an exhaustive set of strategies, shortcuts, or tips for running an SSP. What we do suggest is that Harm Reduction Hacks offers down-to-earth, practical information for being a better leader, starting and running an SSP, and providing syringe access services. We feel we can say this with confidence because the Hacks are based on interviews with, and the experiences of, literally generations of people who have been doing harm reduction work.
Please note that nothing in this guide should be construed as legal advice. Please consult an attorney local to your area to ensure your program is in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations that apply to your situation.