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.

Save the Date for Our January 24th Community Call!

  • 1.  Save the Date for Our January 24th Community Call!

    Posted Jan 07, 2019 09:51

    Happy New Year, Nonprofits and Data community!

    Our next data community call will be on...

    • Thursday, January 24, at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/12 p.m. MT/11 a.m. PT.
    • Preparing Data for Sharing and Visualization

    Before you can present data to others, you need to collect and curate it, and you may need to otherwise process the data as well. How do you go about doing that in your work?

    • What percentage of data collected are specific metrics you actively track vs. from platforms that passively collect data (and then you pull out the most pertinent information for reporting purposes)?  Pros/cons/pitfalls to avoid?
    • Do you collect data entered manually by volunteers?  How do you ensure the quality of the data?
    • Do you blend data from multiple sources?  How do you make sure you're comparing apples to apples?
    • How much and what kind of cleanup is performed on the data you collect before visualizing it?
    • What are your biggest lessons learned when preparing data for visualization or to otherwise present to others that have changed the way you collect or process data?
    • How do you keep track of changes to how data was collected or how specific measures were tracked over time?
    • Does you or your organization have any 2019 initiatives around data collection that are currently underway?

    We invite you (if you would like) to share an example of a data visualization as reference when talking about the data collected and how you prepared it to create the visualization.  How? By adding it to the Gallery section of the notes for the January 2019 call.

    Whether you have an example to share or simply want to gain some insights into the process, we hope to have a thoughtful discussion filled with your ideas, concerns, and questions about getting from data collection to visualization (or presentation).

    Look forward to kicking off 2019 with you by seeing your examples and hearing what questions or lessons you have to share!

    P.S.  There will be two ways to join the call:

    1. Go to our online conference room, add your name and click "Join" or log in. Then click "My Computer" from the audio options menu. Open a separate tab in your browser and open the collaborative notes. OR,
    2. Use 866-853-1888 (no PIN needed) to dial in with a phone line. If your computer is available, open your browser and open the collaborative notes.


    Janice Chan
    Co-Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group
    Consultant, Shift and Scaffold
    Baltimore, MD
    Twitter: @curiositybone
    2020 Nonprofit Technology Conference Logo  w/ Baltimore Skyline