Expanding Data Analysis Capacity With Skills Based Volunteers
GLIDE is a non-profit in San Francisco providing social services like free meals to marginalized individuals. We have a data team but the team is understaffed and does not have the bandwidth to do in-depth analysis.
To make up for this gap in capacity, over the last 3 years, we have recruited 30-35 volunteers from neighboring tech companies to work on data projects. Volunteers have completed a variety of projects for Fund Development, Communications, and Programs teams using data analysis, A/B testing, research, and other skills.
Through these projects we have developed a model of how to leverage data volunteers. In this session we will discuss how to:
- Identify data projects suitable for volunteers
- Break these large data projects into smaller pieces with clear objectives
- Recruit, retain and manage skills-based volunteers
- Fold volunteer’s work into the organization’s ongoing projects
- Identify nonprofit data needs and break data projects into smaller pieces for volunteers
- Learn different models of how staff and volunteers can collaborate on projects
- Recruit and retain volunteers with the right skill sets