Since September 2000, the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) has been using its Organizational History and Accomplishments Tracking System (OHATS) to document actions that lead to success in the organization's mission. OHATS is an Internet-based system used to record and report important events, actions and lessons that improve conditions necessary for all youth to succeed. More than one thousand accomplishments, lessons, and activities were reported by T/MC staff between September 2000 and January 2008.
OHATS is not just for T/MC, though. Our goal is to make it easier for any stakeholder—program, volunteer, donor or business partner—to see, understand, and compare what they do with what seems to be working elsewhere, in a way that leads to constant innovation and improvement in all programs that strive to help inner city youth stay in school, stay safe in non-school hours, and stay headed toward jobs and careers. The idea behind OHATS is simple and proven throughout history: if a community group tracks actions, events, lessons and results that are important to their success, they can learn from them and be more successful.
OHATS is an ongoing project. New supporters and users are welcome. We have set up an online discussion group where interested volunteers and OHATS users can discuss findings and talk about ways to improve the system, and the Tutor/Mentor Connection. We need to constantly "create sense" from what has been documented so that T/MC can improve its own efforts and others might learn how to best use OHATS in their own organization or community.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I appreciate your interest!