Don’t Buy a Thing: How to Modernize Your Data System without Breaking the Bank
Using the Center for NYC Neighborhoods’ substantive data upgrade project as a case study, this session will model how organizations can modernize their data systems to achieve stronger programmatic and impact evaluation—and how this can be done largely in-house and at a reasonable cost!
Prior to this data revamp, the Center used program-specific data systems that were inefficient in their ability to talk to each other. When faced with rapid growth of staff and programs, the Center had a choice—hire a single, expensive consultant to build a new data system, or attempt the work in-house while bringing in consultants where additional expertise was needed. It turns out that capitalizing on in-house talent and experience was the way to go! Having staff drive the upgrades meant they were designed around staff and program needs. Consultant knowledge filled identified expertise gaps. Come see how you can harness change to redesign data collection with outcomes and impact in mind. Remember: “Chaos is a ladder.”
- Learn how to approach an organization-wide data update without a six-figure project budget
- Design for operational program needs alongside reporting and evaluation needs
- Understand the considerations required for integrating data between programs