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From Information to Action: Becoming a Data-Driven Organization
Data can and should be used to help your organization make smarter decisions about the work you do now and shape the way you work in the future.
As more data becomes available to us and the tools to understand it all become more user-friendly, nonprofits have an opportunity - even a duty - to use data to gain a more robust understanding of our work, the communities in which we work, and the impact we're making.
Consider the case of the Portland Red Cross. They have always done fire-safety demonstrations for schools that request them. They have also always provided aid, shelter, and other resources to fire victims. It wasn’t until they put the two sets of data together - where they did presentations and where they provide aid - that they realized they had almost never provided fire safety education in the neighborhoods where fire strikes most.
On June 16, NTEN and NPower Charlotte Region will convene over 100 folks for an in-person workshop to help participants understand the power of data. We're excited to be able to broadcast the event live so that the greater NTEN community can join in the conversation!
9:30 am ET / 6:30 am PT: The Big Picture: The Power of Data -- Presented by Holly Ross, Executive Director, NTEN
The increasing pressure on your nonprofit not just to do good work, but to prove your impact – coupled with the increasing use of databases and online services – has led to exponential growth in data within the nonprofit sector.
While we are capturing more stats and indicators than ever before, most of us are still a little befuddled as to what to do with all these numbers. Data management will be one of the most important skills in our sector over the next decade, with implications that reach far beyond simply understanding our own organizations.
In this session, Holly will talk about how nonprofits should be thinking about data to increase our impact.
12:30 pm ET / 8:30 am PT: What is My Business Problem and How Can Data Solve it? -- Presented by Chris Meade, Executive Director, NPower Charlotte
The reality is that a single statistic, on its own, rarely tells the whole story. If we are going to be data-driven organizations, we have to understand what the data REALLY tells us. Before we can begin, we need to understand the business question we are trying to address. After we define that, we can ask the right questions of our data and seek the right kinds of data before launching into solution mode.
Join this session to take understand what your organization's business problem and how the power of data can help you address it.
Who Should Attend
Nonprofit organizations and those who want to envision how data can drive their decisions and meet their missions more effectively. Multiple staff from each organization are encouraged to attend to facilitate a better team learning environment, including:
- Executive Directors / CEOs
- Nonprofit Board Members
- Communications and Marketing Directors
- Development Directors
- IT Directors
- Other Leadership or C-suite staff
The Big Picture: The Power of Data -- Presented by Holly Ross, Executive Director, NTEN
What is My Business Problem and How Can Data Solve it? -- Presented by Chris Meade, Executive Director, NPower Charlotte