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.

Speak at #19NTC

  • 1.  Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Jul 24, 2018 11:06

    Share your experience and expertise with the nonprofit community! Session proposals for the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) are now open.

    Educational sessions at the NTC are created by and for the nonprofit tech community. Whether you're an experienced presenter or you've never spoken at a conference before, we encourage you to submit your proposal on topics including fundraising, IT & security, marketing & communications, or data & evaluation. Plus, NTEN offers support in making your proposal shine, from community calls, to an online proposal prep group, to open office hours. Read the details in the FAQ page.

    All three of us (Stacy, Emilio, and Janice) are members of the 19NTC Session Advisory Committee, and in getting to know how many knowledgeable people there are in this data community and how willing you are to share your lessons learned, we are all hoping to see proposals from you!  (Even if they aren't data-related, though that is obviously an area of interest.)  See the suggested topics--use these as inspiration, not limits on what you can share.

    • Any topics you're considering?
    • Any topics you're really hoping to learn about at the next NTC?
    • Any questions we could answer that could help you take the leap? (Yes, there will be speaker scholarships available!)

    Proposals close August 17, so check it out and submit your proposal: https://www.nten.org/ntc/speak/



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    Stacy Clinton
    Senior Digital Communications Manager
    Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
    Palo Alto, CA
    Co-Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group.
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  • 2.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Jul 25, 2018 09:12
    We specialize in using technology to help clients do performance measurement and evaluation. The times I have attended NTEN, the focus in the sessions (and among attendees) is IT, communications, and fundraising/marketing. I'd love to submit a proposal on developing a performance measurement framework, and another on technology tools that can be use to make collecting, analyzing, and reporting on program data easier. But I'm not sure it's a good fit, based on my experience at NTEN. I see that program data is listed on the suggested topics, but there are seldom any program or evaluation folks at NTEN.

    Do others think a topic like this would be well received? What kind of information would people be receptive to related to program data and outcome measurement? I've been doing evaluation work fro 20 years, using various technologies, so I have pretty deep knowledge and would love to provide something that would be helpful.

    Taj


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    Taj Carson
    CEO
    Inciter, Inc
    Baltimore, MD
    taj@inciter.io
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  • 3.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Jul 26, 2018 09:54
    Hey Taj,

    I think the issue of metrics and evaluation is of interest, but program evaluation may drill to deep, or not be in perfect alignment with the audience. I'd say a high-level session about metrics aimed at EDs, chiefs of staff and the like would be desirable, and might line up better with who is in the room at NTEN .Happy to brainstorm this with you some more.

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    Isaac Shalev
    http://www.sage70.com
    Stamford CT
    @Sage70
    isaac@sage70.com
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  • 4.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Aug 05, 2018 14:01
    Looking forward to seeing your session proposal(s), @Taj Carson!  You too, @Isaac Shalev - you are always so generous in sharing your knowledge!  Always eager to see more on how to use data for programmatic purposes.

    NTC is such a welcoming conference, especially for people like me who aren't natural public speakers.  I love the emphasis on sharing what you know and being able to learn from audience members as well during the discussions.

    Two topics I'm working on - one is on how to get people (colleagues, board members, program partners/participants) who don't "get" data to be part of the solution, and the other (still a bit more fuzzy) is around knowledge management and internal communications to make sure you can keep the processes and systems you've developed running after they've been rolled out.

    What else are people working on?​​​

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    Janice Chan
    Co-Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group
    Writer, Wethos
    Technical Training Specialist, Development and Alumni Relations, Johns Hopkins Institutions
    Baltimore, MD
    Twitter: @curiositybone
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  • 5.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Aug 06, 2018 14:48
    Ditto here @Taj Carson  Your topic is of interest to me!

    @Janice Chan cool topics too! @Steve Heye and I had some good discussions on knowledge management as part of the consulting he did for when I was a member of the OR Nonprofit Tech Readiness Cohort. I'm happy to chat with you on your 'fuzzy' idea if that would be useful.

    Kai

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    Kai Williams
    Executive Director
    The IWRC
    Eugene, OR
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  • 6.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Aug 08, 2018 16:33
    Hello community,

    I am aware that I am a bit late in posting this. Hopefully it's still not too late.

    I am interested in co-hosting a session (strategic or tactical -- open regarding format) -- at 19NTC. While browsing, some of the topics seemed of interest to me and I am approaching folks via PM regarding becoming a co-presenter.

    Below are my other topics of interest, I am interested in finding co-presenters. I am on the West Coast (Palo Alto, CA). I am open to local as well as remote co-presenters; we will need to decide how we plan to come up with content.

    - System Integration
    - Data quality : what, why, how

    I will post more as/if there are more cycles with me. Please reach out privately if you are interested. Since I may not know you, I am happy to connect to introduce myself a bit better!

    Cheers,

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    Medha Nanal
    Strategic Data/Database Consultant for Nonprofits (Fundraising, Operations, Programs)
    www.topcloudconsult.com
    medhananal@topcloudconsult.com
    650.600.9374
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  • 7.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Aug 08, 2018 16:42
    Hi Janice,

    You posted that you are working on the topic of "how to get people (colleagues, board members, program partners/participants) who don't "get" data to be part of the solution" -- if you are looking for a co-presenter, I would be interested in connecting with you. Let me know if you are interested.

    This is a typical situation in most organizations - for-profit as well as non-profit. I have tried solving this issue by applying some change management approaches and I would be interested in sharing my experience with the community. Please connect with me privately if you are interested in getting in touch. We can discuss some basics and determine if there is a path to move together.

    Thank you,


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    Medha Nanal
    Strategic Data/Database Consultant for Nonprofits (Fundraising, Operations, Programs)
    www.topcloudconsult.com
    medhananal@topcloudconsult.com
    650.600.9374
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  • 8.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Aug 12, 2018 18:20
    Thanks so much, Medha!  I am already working on this session with a couple partners, but I sincerely hope you will submit your own session proposals if you haven't already!  The community can always benefit from your knowledge/experience and, if you're concerned about the requirement for another co-presenter, it is certainly okay to submit the proposal without having one confirmed yet if you're still talking to people - you can answer the question with a description of the perspective/knowledge/experience you'll be seeking in a co-presenter.

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    Janice Chan
    Co-Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group
    Writer, Wethos
    Technical Training Specialist, Development and Alumni Relations, Johns Hopkins Institutions
    Baltimore, MD
    Twitter: @curiositybone
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  • 9.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Aug 13, 2018 14:29
    Hi Janice,

    No worries! Take care and look forward to seeing you at #19NTC :-)​

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    Medha Nanal
    Strategic Data/Database Consultant for Nonprofits (Fundraising, Operations, Programs)
    www.topcloudconsult.com
    medhananal@topcloudconsult.com
    650.600.9374
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  • 10.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Aug 06, 2018 17:57
    Greetings to the ones written/reading this!

    I'm excited to see this platform connecting us all to collectively appreciate each other's knowledge and getting ready to learn. I'm a 'young kid' to Nonprofit world and a 'middle aged' to the Tech world in terms of career years. All the topics being discussed here seems relevant and useful to me. So much that it inspired me to take a chance on speaking when most often I'm not any polished conference speaker but rather a passionate of sharing knowledge through heart to random people on streets(don't be scared.I'm not that boring!).

    So, here is what I'm thinking as a topic. The journey of being new immigrant to an immigrant leader. I am new to this country (United States) and like I said, I am new to this industry. That's a lot of new-ness! In such times, when everything around is moving and shifting and changing, its often natural that confusions, questions, self-doubt and some form of loneliness surround us. The dreams of someday becoming a leader or even remotely being in such a position takes a back seat. I want to help all those people who have or are going through any such emotional confusion to give that slight nudge to slide them in right direction. I design a lot of experiments, games, conversations, group discussions and such forms of engagement to really introduce me to 'me'. Because, althrough our lives, we are always introduced to someone else. Never did anyone say "okay.let's meet Meena (which is me btw)).

    I understand that all such discussions have one primary intention of setting the heart and mind of audience in the right direction, so that they can walk on that path. This topic has a similar intention.

    What does everyone think? Weigh in with your thoughts so that I can refine and reshape this into a more understandable and bite size chunks for now or future.

    Good luck everyone!

    Meena

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    Meenakshi Das
    Associate Consultant
    Campbell and Company
    Bellevue
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  • 11.  RE: Speak at #19NTC

    Posted Aug 07, 2018 15:50
    Hi @Meenakshi Das, what you're describing definitely falls within the leadership session category, so I'd encourage you to submit!

    To anyone submitting a session proposal or thinking about it,

    In lieu of an August Community Data call, we invite you to the second and final #19NTC open office hours Zoom hangout.

    It's a great chance to meet with other members of the NTEN community for feedback, support, or to just drop in and ask a specific question.

    Open Office Hours #2
    Date: August 14, 2018
    Time: 12 pm PT (1 hr)
    Event URL

    Session proposals close on August 17 (next Friday.) Hard to believe it's already been five weeks.

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    Emilio Arocho
    Director, Technology and Digital Strategy
    Food and Drug Law Institute

    Community Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group.
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