January 19, 2014

Collected Voices: Data-Informed Nonprofits

What happens when nonprofits make a real commitment to collect healthy data about their programs and operations; manage it well; and make savvy, data-informed decisions? And what happens when you connect energized, smart, data-passionate nonprofit professionals for a year of learning and knowledge sharing?

In 2013, NTEN, Microsoft, and some of the brightest members of the nonprofit technology community set out to discover the answers. The 18 members of the Communities of Impact pilot program spent the year connecting through two in-person retreats, monthly calls with seasoned data practitioners from all sectors, and ongoing online discussions and resource sharing.

The best way we could find to capture the lessons, insights, and discoveries from this year of work is by compiling case studies from participants with resources and conversations that emerged during their work together. This is not a report, per se; it isn’t a guide or a handbook. Just as these participants plan to continue working on the ways their organizations collect and use data, we hope that this collection can serve you and your team in learning about what others are doing and where you may go next.

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