On Thursday I will meet with my thesis committee and seeing as I am having difficulty starting the writing process (not surprising at all, everything I read said beginning is the toughest part), my colleague at work suggested that I begin with a SWOT analysis of each organization. Right now I have three completed and noticed that often the Threats and Opportunities (as they are external) are often the same. The Strengths and Weaknesses (internal) are different. Interesting..... what does that mean? I'll have to think about that a bit more...
So, the organizations that are currently members of the Women's Technology Consortium whom I will be working with are:
- YWCA of West Central Michigan
- Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan
- Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)
- Center for Women in Transition (CWIT)
- Safe Haven Ministries
- Girl Scouts Michigan Trails
- Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan
- Women's Resource Center of Grand Rapids
Please consider donating to these organization and possibly earmarking the donation for technology support!
Anyway, all of the individuals have been cooperative, helpful and brutally honest. It has been a treat to work with them and uncover their technology strengths & weaknesses, which they have been more than willing to share. I will be protecting the specifics of what they have told me while being interviewed, but will share the aggregate of the information here and in my research.
I believe the SWOT analysis will allow me to see the patterns which are hidden in these organizations. These patterns will be focused on the three main research areas: Human Capital, Planning and Infrastructure. Organizing the SWOT with a focus on my triangle of investments will help me to focus a bit further.
Keep an eye out for more information about this analysis!