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Evolving Nonprofits through Strategic Evaluation and Planning (ENSTEP) Program

The Evolving Nonprofits through Strategic Evaluation and Planning (ENSTEP) Program is a unique partnership between the academic and practitioner communities. It builds upon and connects the research and knowledge of Arizona State University faculty and staff with the expertise
and experiences of those working within the larger nonprofit community.

Click here to download the application for the next ENSTEP cohort!

Questions? Contact us at 602-496-0500


Jason Mistlebauer, (former) Lodestar Center program coordinator, and Jill Watts, Lodestar Center director of capacity building initiatives, award the first cohort of the ENSTEP program with certificates of completion at the 15th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies, Nov. 30, 2007.


ENSTEP is the evolution of the Nonprofit Self-Assessment Program which began in 2000 and was built upon the Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool. To date, 23 Arizona nonprofit organizations have participated in the Nonprofit Organizational Self-Assessment Program. Based on insights from past participants, community members and scholarly research, the newly designed ENSTEP Program builds upon and expands the original self-assessment program.


It is the ASU Lodestar Center's belief that in order to be successful, organizations must look both inside and outside and the ENSTEP Program gives participating agencies the opportunity to do just that.

Inside-- ENSTEP agencies look inside to their mission, internal operations, resources, and what they must do to achieve results in the future.

What do you think about the program?

"From my perspective, it behooves any organization that seriously wants to improve it's delivery of service to go through the self-assessment process. The bottom line is to improve efficiency."
- Michael Hughes, Executive Director, A New Leaf (formerly PREHAB of Arizona)

"There's a paradigm shift going on in terms of recognizing a program isn't enough: You have to have an accountable program with measurable outcomes that prove your program is successful."
- Pat Leach, President, HomeBase Youth Services

Outside-- ENSTEP agencies look to the environment within which they operate, the opportunities and challenges facing them, and to their stakeholders and what their stakeholders' value.

Throughout the ENSTEP Program, agencies work to clarify their focus, add stability, and increase organizational capacity, efficiency, and effectiveness. The ENSTEP program provides a unique opportunity for board, staff, and stakeholders to engage in a challenging and collaborative process that aims to convert knowledge into effective action. Through their participation in the program, ENSTEP agencies learn to recognize the opportunities that are appropriate to their individual resources, strengths and competencies in order to better serve the community.

Questions? Contact us at 602-496-0500

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