Community & Organizational Development

Organizational Development
Nonprofit organizations carry out a variety of activities that enhance the quality of life in Washington County.  As the economy and needs of the community continue to change, nonprofits often lack the knowledge to focus on their mission and to use their limited resources strategically.  Organizational development provides nonprofits with an intentional and focused way to arrive at decisions and actions that will guide what they do and why they do it.

Community Visioning
Community visioning is a planning process that encourages participants to envision an ideal future for their community and think strategically on how they will achieve these aspirations.

Program Impact
In order to measure the longer-term outcomes of community and organizational development programming, year-end follow-up evaluations have been conducted from 2014-2020. Cumulatively, 68 organizations responded that as a result of Professor Paul Roback’s facilitation:
• 95% agreed that their organization had been strengthened
• 91% agreed that their organization had been more strategic in fulfilling their mission
• 95% agreed that their organization had an increased capacity to address community issues and opportunities

Additionally, the UW-Extension Department of Community Resource Development reviewed and published Professor Roback’s paper titled “Extension Organizational Development Programming: Outcome Measurement through a Multi-Program Delivery Model.” This paper details program planning and long-term outcome measurement of Extension organizational development programming in Washington County, Wisconsin.

Since 2008, Professor Roback has facilitated organizational development, strategic planning, and/or community visioning for over 70 organizations in Washington County.  Examples include:

  • Allenton Area Advancement Association
  • Allenton Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County
  • Blue Lotus Farm and Retreat Center
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington County
  • Casa Guadalupe Education Center
  • City of West Bend Community & Economic Development Department
  • Economic Development Washington County
  • Enchantment in the Park
  • Family Center of Washington County
  • Family Promise of Washington County
  • Friends of Abused Families
  • Germantown Youth Futures
  • Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Hartford Area Development Corporation
  • Hartford Business Improvement District
  • Hartford Project Care
  • Healthy People Project of Washington County
  • Healthy People Taskforce- Germantown & Menomonee Falls
  • Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County
  • Kettle Moraine Symphony
  • Kettle Moraine YMCA
  • Kewaskum i4Learning Community School
  • Lakeshore Regional Child Advocacy Center
  • LiFE of Hope
  • Mid-Moraine Municipal Association
  • Musical Masquers- West Bend Community Theater
  • NAMI Washington County, Inc.
  • Richfield Historical Society
  • Richfield Joint School District No. 1
  • Schauer Arts & Activities Center
  • Senior Activities Center, Inc. (West Bend)
  • Silverbrook Intermediate School
  • Slinger Fire Department
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium
  • United Way of Washington County
  • Village of Germantown
  • Village of Jackson
  • Village of Kewaskum
  • Village of Slinger
  • Volunteer Center of Washington County
  • Washington County 4-H Dog Project and Horse & Pony Project
  • Washington County Aging & Disability Resource Center Board
  • Washington County Agricultural & Industrial Society
  • Washington County Board of Supervisors
  • Washington County Campus Foundation at UW-Washington County
  • Washington County Historical Society
  • Washington County Planning and Parks Department
  • Washington County Public Health Department
  • West Bend Business Improvement District
  • West Bend Children’s Theatre
  • West Bend Friends of Sculptures
  • Wisconsin Association for Homelessness and Runaway Services
  • Youth and Family Project of Washington County


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