Topic: Data

How-to: Leverage Volunteer Data

September 7, 2012
When it comes to obtaining, storing, and using data, volunteer situations are just like any other: the more data you collect, the better off your program will be. Having accurate and meaningful data will give insight into your volunteer base and help you pinpoint demographics to target when launching a new volunteer recruitment campaign. Of course, once you know what makes your volunteers "tick", you'll also be able to serve them better, and, in turn, they will be able to better serve your organization and its mission. Happy volunteers are also important to your organization's public relations -- volunteers who speak highly of their experience are sure to bring in other volunteers and possibly even donors.

6 Great Interactive Data Visualization Tools (Part 2)

August 17, 2012
Welcome back for the second part of my series on interactive data visualization (dataviz) tools. In part one, we covered three cool tools for visualizing charts and graphs and many other data types on a webpage. In part two, we take a look at three more tools that are a bit more complex but have some incredible data visualization capabilities.

Online Surveys – Tips and Tools

August 16, 2012
Online surveys are a great way to gather information from and gain insight on your members. So if you’re preparing for summer planning sessions and want member feedback on priorities, programs or issues, an online survey might be the answer.

6 Great Interactive Data Visualization Tools (Part 1)

August 15, 2012
Websites are loaded with eye candy these days — from slick user interfaces to interactive maps to cool photo slideshows — all achieved without Flash, just HTML, CSS and Javascript. And these technologies are free, open and can be utilized in essentially every current web-browsing device. In this 2-part series, I'm going to focus on the rapidly changing world of interactive tools for data visualization, or dataviz. These tools are especially useful for nonprofits and financial organizations whose brands rely on sharing metrics to deliver impact and value. Recently, many exciting HTML/CSS/Javascript-based data visualization tools have emerged. Some focus their attention on traditional charting and graphing, but others delve into the world of geocharting, heatmaps, timelines, and more.

Sharing Back-Offices in the Cloud: The Case of Environment America

July 26, 2012
Data is dynamic, not static, and so are organizations—which means that over time, the data they need to track changes as they change. Identifying those evolving data points takes effort and thoughtfulness, especially for an organization whose staff is already burdened tracking data for funder-mandated reporting requirements.

Sharing Back-Offices in the Cloud: The Case of the Chattanooga Museums Collaborative

July 26, 2012
When the Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) found itself struggling to make ends meet after a disappointing first season in 1995, it reached out to the nearby Tennessee Aquarium for help. Though the aquarium was just three years old, its large business operations infrastructure supported a breadth and depth of expertise at all staff levels that the smaller organization could not rival.

Some Data on the Importance of Adaptive Web Design

July 12, 2012
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a data nerd. And the organization I work for recently passed our four-year mark using Google Analytics. And I've been thinking about adaptive web design of late. So I decided to pull the data on how our website visitors’ choice of web browsers, operating systems, and screen resolution has changed over the past four years. The results are pretty conclusive in terms of demonstrating needs for adaptive web design and cross-browser compatibility.

What Are We Accomplishing and How Do We Know?

June 5, 2012
"What does your organization do?" That is a question most nonprofit folks can answer pretty easily. We have our elevator pitches ready to go. "What is your organization accomplishing?" Now that's a different question, one that's not as simple to answer for most of us. It's also one that is increasingly being asked by potential donors big and small.