Online Project Management Allows you to organize all aspects of your project using an online system, including deadlines, drafts, communications and more Supplements other applications you already use. Many project management tools integrate with other programs, including email 5
Why use a PM Tool? Many poverty law staffers are involved with more than casework: Courts on self-help initiatives Working with social service agencies on outreach projects Working with other offices on hotline development Sitting on various state task forces Working on staff or website committees Attending statewide or regional conferences Implementing some new procedure or technology...and more. 6
Project Management Tools LSNTAP Case Study Basecamp Other Project Management Solutions Microsoft SharePoint Central Desktop Google Sites
LSNTAPs Experience Fully virtual organization with employees spread across the US Work on several large projects that require collaboration Manage grants with substantial reporting requirements Work closely with partners – vendors, consultants, and legal aid offices
Microsoft SharePoint Server Document sharing Can create wikis and other intranet sites Integrates with Microsoft Project and rest of Office Suite; MS Project handles time tracking and project supervision functions Software and licenses available on TechSoup 15
Central Desktop Tool similar to Basecamp Allows users to check out a document http://www.centraldesktop.com/ Pricing similar to Basecamp
Google Sites Wiki-intranet Project management Traditional web content Demos: http://www.google.com/sites/overview.html http://www.google.com/sites/overview.html 17
Introduction: What is a Wiki? A website Is easily edited by multiple users Provides a logical and highly navigable platform for storing and retrieving information A cost-effective, paper-free tool
Wikis as Tool for Sharing Community Knowledge Massachusetts Post Foreclosure Wiki Georgia Legal Services Program Food Stamp Fraud Advocacy Wiki Michigan Reentry Law Wiki http://reentry.mplp.org/reentry/index.php/Main_Page http://reentry.mplp.org/reentry/index.php/Main_Page FEMA Answers Wiki http://femaanswers.org/index.php/Main_Page http://femaanswers.org/index.php/Main_Page Elder Law https://mwiki.mplp.org/erc/index.php/Main_Page https://mwiki.mplp.org/erc/index.php/Main_Page
Options for Wikis Visit http://www.wikimatrix.org/http://www.wikimatrix.org/ You can pay for hosting or host it on your own server depending on the software Which way should you go? Depends on: Technical expertise and available technical support Privacy controls your program needs 21
Popular Wiki Options Proprietary Wikispaces $5/mo for unlimited users/pages and 2 GB file storage PB Wiki Price negotiable;, depends on number of users typically 20% nonprofit discount Free For Nonprofits Google Sites Free and Open Source MediaWiki 22
Social Networking Websites and Legal Aid With the growth of social networking websites more organizations are considering whether to have a presence in those networks. More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use* online social networking sites, according to a new national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/198/report_dis play.asp http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/198/report_dis play.asp 20% of online adults have profiles.
Should Your Organization Use Social Networking Sites? Nonprofits have had mixed results using social networking sites for fundraising and outreach. Tech Soup: http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/internet/ page7935.cfm http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/internet/ page7935.cfm A presence on online social networks may be useful depending on what your organization is trying to accomplish. When a social networking presence might not work: Your target audiences aren't using social networking tools You don't have time to experiment with something that might not work.