Sparkrock Blog

How generosity can help you manage your teams better

by   Cait Abernethy on 11.22.16


With Giving Tuesday and the holidays just around the corner, we – as well as many of the clients we work with – have generosity at the top of our mind. And while generosity to others during this time of year is certainly important, it’s also important to remember to be generous within our workplaces as well. A workplace where staff and team members are listened to, appreciated, supported and praised is a workplace where people want to give their best, where people’s ideas and creativity can unfold. Generosity helps to foster this creativity and helps to boost morale and performance as well as mental and emotional wellbeing among employees.

Topics: Workforce

Trump’s White House Victory Could Spell Money Woes for Nonprofit Charities

by   Cait Abernethy on 11.15.16

Donald Trump’s victory in the race for the White House, along with the Republican wins in the House and Senate, could lead to serious financial troubles for many nonprofits, experts say. They warn of steep cuts in federal support for nonprofits and a decrease in charitable giving that could persist if his policy proposals are adopted.

Topics: Finance

4 Critical Features of an Effective Case Management Solution

by   Chris Carre on 11.08.16

With demand for social services increasing, organizations are feeling the need to improve their case management capabilities by partnering with a case management solution provider. These solutions allow organizations to effectively manage client data, efficiently track and report on client outcomes, and ultimately provide greater quality of service. When selecting a solution for your organization, there are many features that are important in order to serve your clients effectively. The following are 4 features that are essential to a case management solution in order to ensure the highest quality of care and program delivery:

Topics: Workforce

The 8 Types of People You’ll Meet at Alliance

by   Cait Abernethy on 11.03.16

To all the conference-goers out there, we’d like to pose a question. What’s your mission?

With so many benefits of attending and goals to focus on during a conference, choosing just one can be a tall order. And with Alliance 2017 around the corner, you might be asking yourself: Should you network and make connections with smart people? Or should you stick to learning and diligently take notes during the breakout sessions?

Topics: Sparkrock

Announcing our Alliance 2017 Featured Keynote: Author Sheri Chaney Jones

by   Melissa Alvares on 10.31.16

For over 15 years, Sheri Chaney Jones has improved government agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses through the use of performance management, evaluation, and organizational behavior best practices.  Her experience and expertise has transformed measurement cultures and as a result, saved public dollars, improved outcomes, demonstrated effectiveness, and increased revenues.  

By developing a measurement culture and using data collection and analysis, Sheri has helped one client turn a $420,000 loss into a $420,000 gain. A successful project with another client resulted in a program savings of approximately $100,000 a year; and yet another client saw an annual savings of $250,000,000 in Medicaid spending. 

Topics: Sparkrock

Worried about ACA Reporting? Here are 5 things you can do about it

by   Andrew Cheung on 10.27.16

When you think of the United States' Affordable Care Act (ACA), many things come to mind. Some see opportunity, while others see limitations. Some see benefits, while others see increased costs. Regardless of the opinion, the ACA has transformed the regulatory environment for many human service organizations, which means these organizations will need to equip themselves with the right tools to comply with these new policies.

Topics: Finance

Why An ERP Solution Performs Better In The Cloud

by   Cait Abernethy on 10.21.16


You’ve done your research, reviewed RFP responses, calculated and confirmed ROI, and have settled on a new ERP solution that is perfectly suited to meet your organization’s unique requirements – congratulations! The last decision you now have to make is between an on-site or cloud deployment. While there are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches, we believe that, without a doubt, an ERP solution performs better overall in the cloud.

Don’t believe us? Here’s why:

Topics: Technology

How to “Talk the Talk” when it comes to Change Management

by   Cait Abernethy on 10.20.16

You’ve likely heard the term “change management” hundreds of times before and used in many different circumstances. It is a common term used by leadership and management teams, as well among project and IT teams, when navigating any type of organizational change. There are countless theories on how to best manage change and how to lead effectively in times of change, all of which are jam-packed with jargon. The truth is, you don’t need any of the fancy words or theories in order to follow some best practices for change management, and chances are you’re already implementing some of these recognized best practices – you might just be using different words.

Topics: Outcomes-Impact

Humans of Sparkrock - Jeff Rintoul

by   Kevin Dayno on 10.14.16

Here at Sparkrock, we are committed to empowering our customers by providing them with solutions that allow them to better serve their clients and reach their full potential. Our goal is to not only form a strong customer relationship, but to also establish a healthy long-term partnership with our customers. Jeff Rintoul, an Application Consultant in our Professional Services Department, is one of the many experienced and knowledgeable individuals who help us to attain this goal. Read on to hear about what Jeff has to say about his experience at Sparkrock and what motivated him to join the team.

Topics: Sparkrock

Announcing our Featured Keynote: Minister Tracy MacCharles

by   Melissa Alvares on 10.13.16

We are excited to announce that the Featured Keynote speaker on Thursday morning of our Alliance 2017 conference will be Minister Tracy MacCharles.

She brings with her over 20 years of experience in human resources, accessibility and social services and will be speaking about her motivation for a career in service, how to inspire teams and how to incorporate people with disabilities into your organization.

Topics: Sparkrock

Using Technology to achieve better health, better care and lower cost.

by   Melissa Alvares on 10.12.16

Last week Sparkrock, along with over 100 attendees, participated in ANCOR's Annual Technology Summit and Showcase in Denver, Colorado. The goal of this conference was to bring together peers, advocates and experts to talk about ways technology can help the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) community achieve the goal of better health, better care and lower cost.

Topics: Technology