What is an Artifact?

It’s difficult sometimes to find a best practice. Instead, the Transmission Project seeks out examples of Honest Practice from the partners we work with and support. These intermediary and process documents probably won’t give you the answer you seek, but we hope they provide you with examples, building blocks and inspiration to help you develop your own individual practice.


Software Requirements and Testing Procedures

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This technical material comes from VISTA Jack Waugh who helped design and develop a Content Management System for the Center for Technology Services at the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD. In Jack’s own words:

Newspaper Article: Calling Home and Losing Minutes

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VISTA member Kris Rios serving at People’s Production House in New York, NY had a piece published in the Gotham Gazette (New York City News and Policy) about the difficulties and costs experienced by those trying to stay in touch with family and loved ones. This article discusses challenges people using calling cards faced, notes pending regulation and law changes, and provides consumer advice.

Basic Search Engine Optimization Techniques

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This introductory guide to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) gives basic terminology, techniques tools and additional resources. This guide was created by VISTA Mary Chant at MicroMentor.

Twitter Guidelines/Policies

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Guidelines and policies for staff members who are using the social networking tool Twitter. Created by VISTA Mary Chant at MicroMentor.

Magnetic Car Ad, HandyCapable Network

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An example of how to promote your organization and its programs inexpensively: print up magnets to put on your cars. This inexpensive and portable strategy was developed by Nathan Badera at HandyCapable Network in Greensboro, NC.

[hidden] Computer Recycling Pitch Letter and Talking Points, HandyCapable Network

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This Pitch Letter and Talking Points are designed to send an effective message to local business and organizations about why they should donate computers and support this computer recycling program. These materials were created by Nathan Badera at HandyCapable Network in Greensboro, NC.

Volunteer Recruitment Staff Training Manual, Grassroots.org

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Organization: 
Grassroots.org

This staff training manual, created by Laura Benack for Grassroots.org, is designed to orient a new staff member to why volunteers are important to mission, how they are utilized, where are they recruited, and has examples language for posting volunteer advertisements. Grassroots.org volunteers provided $900,000 of in-kind donations in 2009.

Needs Statement, Grassroots.org

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Organization: 
Grassroots.org

This needs statement written and researched by Laura Benack at Grassroots.org provides background and rationale for their mission and the work of the organization. This language is used in marketing and fundraising material, orienting new staff and it provides a unified message for why the organization exists.

Contest Scoring Sheet for a Community Building Initiative, PINK House

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This scoring sheet was designed to engage community members in learning more about their community and the organization. Designed by Renae Smack of Pink House in Charleston, SC, residents were challenged in a fun way and the winners received prizes. In the “My House, My Street, My Community” campaign, residents received points for home improvements (with pictures), bringing a friend to community meeting, and participating in a phone-tree.

Press Coverage: Community Breakfast, PINK House

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This local newspaper article is an example of community building. AmeriCorps*VISTA member Renae Smack, who helped organize the breakfast with her CTC at Pink House in Charleston, SC, said “We want to incorporate our theme: My house, my street my community. We want everyone to feel a part of the neighborhood and take responsibility.”

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