Nonprofits and Data

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This group is for those interested in learning and sharing about all things data-related for nonprofits. The Nonprofits and Data group is for people using data to serve a mission, either directly or by improving nonprofits and the nonprofit sector. That includes everything from collecting data and managing databases to analytics, data visualization and data mining. Here are some examples of topics we discuss: using data to improve organizational effectiveness, measuring impact, using data for storytelling, tools for data management and analysis, figuring out the “right” data to collect, and learning skills to help us use data better.

"The Power of Dialogue about Nonprofit Data and Evaluation"

  • 1.  "The Power of Dialogue about Nonprofit Data and Evaluation"

    Posted Jul 13, 2018 20:29

    Dear NTEN Colleagues,

    Here's an article I wrote for the Foundation Center's GrantSpace blog:

    "The Power of Dialogue about Nonprofit Data and Evaluation"

    I'd love to have your feedback about the five recommendations that I have made in this article.

    Many thanks and best regards from Deborah

    Deborah Elizabeth Finn
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    I'm a strategist and consultant who brings resources and needs together for nonprofits and philanthropies, mostly through strategic use of information and communication technologies.

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  • 2.  RE: "The Power of Dialogue about Nonprofit Data and Evaluation"

    Posted Jul 14, 2018 23:10

    Thank you for this write-up, Deborah. This bringing together of funders and grant recipients/seekers for dialogue specifically about data and evaluation makes a lot of sense and continues to be needed. The three final points resonated with me a lot:

    • Talking frankly about how power dynamics affect their relationships.
    • Engaging in self-scrutiny about how factors such as race and class affect how data is collected, categorized, analyzed, and reported.
    • Studying (and implementing) community-based participatory research methods.

    There is a long history of well-intentioned but misguided efforts in the name of service, and awareness (individual and collective) about power, privilege and bias go a long way in ensuring we in the nonprofit sector do more good than harm. Thank you again for sharing.






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