Case Studies

Effective Modern Technology is Always a Work in Progress

Submitted on Mon, 2/10/2014 - 1:58pm
In January 2013, the Communities of Impact kicked off with a retreat at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. While there, we held a Failfaire-style conversation about times when our best-laid plans went awry. For one participant, this was a chance to reflect on how a massive project taught him that “there really is no such thing as an end result.”

Career Reflections: My Biggest Data Fail

Submitted on Mon, 2/10/2014 - 1:52pm
Peter Campbell of Legal Services Corporation shares his biggest data fail, and what he'd do differently now.

Engagement-Oriented Organizing, Enabled by Data

Submitted on Mon, 2/10/2014 - 1:37pm
Greenpeace's MobLab helps the organization transition into an era of people-powered campaigns. The right set of tools and an active social profile is helping Greenpeace to better support its community with campaigns that are community driven.

Cultivating Data-Driven Initiatives with Peers

Submitted on Mon, 2/10/2014 - 1:11pm
One of the challenges I was trying to overcome was how to make better use of our web analytics. We had a lot of data, but for the most part, we weren’t looking beyond page visits and unique visitors. Other metrics, like goals and conversions, were not being tracked.

Visualizing Data to Enhance the User Experience

Submitted on Mon, 2/10/2014 - 12:03pm
Policy Innovators in Education's annual reports weren't getting the views they were hoping for. Instead of doing the same old thing, they went to their community to find out what they wanted from an annual report, and their viewership increased 400%.

Optimizing the Data Collection Process

Submitted on Mon, 2/10/2014 - 11:02am
Find out how a change in CRMs and a little help from an outside consultant helped save time and money on managing large amounts of data.

Transforming Data from Static to Intuitive

Submitted on Mon, 2/10/2014 - 10:54am
Find out how a web redesign helped Maine Conservation Voters move from managing voting record information on paper to an easily accessible system built into their web architecture.

Turning Teammates into Data Heroes

Submitted on Mon, 2/10/2014 - 10:33am
Jordan Michelson shares his successes building building effective data management systems, and shows that they're not only important to organizational staff. It helps other to advocate for your cause!

Prioritizing Data and Avoiding “Analysis Paralysis”

Submitted on Tue, 2/4/2014 - 5:31pm
Andrew Means launched Data Analysts for Social Good in his spare time to address a need - a better understanding of how to use data not just to maximize inputs, but to show the importance of data to support organizations functioning more efficiently and effectively.

NTEN Case Study: Managing Systems and Documents in the Cloud

Submitted on Mon, 6/3/2013 - 8:59am
NTEN, whose mission is to help members strategically use technology to make the world a better, just, and equitable place, didn't so much consciously move to the Cloud as come of age in it.