Does Rigorous Data Analysis Thwart Effective Storytelling by Non-Profits?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about storytelling with data from Alexandra Samuel. Her most controversial point was: “Rigorous data gathering and analysis can get in the way of effective storytelling by non-profits.”.

The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

3rd Sector Labs

Let me offer one piece of advice: let’s not get distracted by the story and instead focus on the epilogue – the Ice Bucket Epilogue: it’s about the data. It’s true – Mashable reported this amazing data milestone in September. It’s all about the data.

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10 Hidden Gems In Google Analytics: Smart Web Data Analysis

AFP Blog

10 Hidden Gems In Google Analytics: Smart Web Data Analysis : "The 80/20 rule applies to our use of web analytics tools as well. Most of us use just a small amount of power our tools contain." ''via Blog this

Does your charity have too much data?

3rd Sector Labs

How do you know when your organization is storing and using too much data? In fact, being in the nonprofit data services business, we get asked lots of questions about how to obtain more donor data, better data, the right data. Too much data vs data hoarding.

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More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

Let’s face it … there is a direct relationship between the number of fundraising software systems we are using and the data problems we are creating for ourselves. More fundraising software = more data headaches. We don’t know our data. – TSL data expert.

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Fundraising data analytics – mining the gold in your own backyard

3rd Sector Labs

Fundraising data analytics is becoming more popular – and more necessary in today’s philanthropy marketplace. Admittedly, for many of us in the sector, the very mention of ‘data analytics’ sounds intimidating. ” What is fundraising data analytics?

Data drives better digital marketing for nonprofits

3rd Sector Labs

Using data to drive your digital marketing campaigns is essential. Without the discipline of data, your digital marketing success is based more on hope than strategy and execution. Our corporate marketers understand the criticality of data all too well, especially retailers.

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Technology, data and fundraising: is it getting too complicated?

3rd Sector Labs

What about access to great data that helps us to understand the outcomes being produced by our programs and to know our donors and their interests better? Isn’t all this technology and data helping? All this technology is helping us to capture more data than ever.

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It’s that time of year: your 8-step fundraising data checklist

3rd Sector Labs

Have you completed your fundraising data checklist? What are we talking about – a fundraising DATA checklist? But as we have pointed out before via a cataloguing of more than 150 recommendations for improving fundraising appeals , most charities are making the same common fundraising mistake they made last year, and the year before – bad data management. Because data is boring. Fundraising data has many touch-points throughout your organization.

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Three Factors to Consider Before Using Big Data Analysis Tools

Exactask Technology

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Solving the Nonprofit Data Paradox

Connection Cafe

In the Age of Big Data, countless companies are turning their wealth of data into an extremely valuable asset. Unfortunately, the same is not true for many nonprofits and their data. In the book , I explore how nonprofits struggle with maximizing the value in their data.

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Exploring Data for Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The world is undergoing a data revolution, and the social sector is no exception. Yet, social enterprises arent typically made up of data geeks. They desperately need to use data better and multiply its impact, but they rarely have the skills or infrastructure to do so effectively.

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How data science is helping charities save lives and their budgets — Tech News and Analysis

AFP Blog

How data science is helping charities save lives and their budgets — Tech News and Analysis : The problem is that many of these efforts have been of the volunteer variety. A meaningful, sustained effort by nonprofit agencies to optimize their operations with data is likely going to require a serious investment in both people and technology. To butcher the old proverb: Even if they learn to fish with data, nonprofits still need to buy the right gear and get out on the water

Breaking: Demographic Analysis of Your Instagram Audiences Is Now Possible

SocialFish

With this addition, we fill a data void for marketers and analysts who need to understand brand audiences, as well as justify selection and sponsorship of Instagram influencers.”. Analysis of people tagging photos with #trumpyourcat reveals 70.1%

Cheap and Cheerful Audience Analysis for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Even more importantly, what motivates them. So, was delighted when Darren Barefoot asked if he share a guest post about how to do audience analysis. Cheap and Cheerful Audience Analysis for NGOS by Darren Barefoot. But not all kinds of audience analysis are evil.

Solved! The Nonprofit Data Mystery

Connection Cafe

Any discussion about nonprofit data or analytics reminds me of Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” because so many organizations have a very valuable asset left out in plain sight. The data nonprofits have is often overlooked and undervalued by them. Everything begins with data quality.

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Using Nonprofit Data to Find Your Next Major Donor

Connection Cafe

The key is moving from simply collecting data to actually leveraging your nonprofit’s data in the right ways. Here are three important components to thinking like a data driven nonprofit : Find Meaning in Your Nonprofit Data. Turn Your Data Insights into Action.

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Do It Yourself: Getting Started with Data Analysis

NTEN

Anyone can learn to do good analysis. Working with data doesn’t have to be hard, but it can be intimidating when you’re starting out. It’s not true, and you need to un-learn that lesson if it’s scaring you away from your data. Jo Miles. Online Engagement Strategist.

Detailed Accurate Data = Strategy

Connection Cafe

You can have all the data in the world but if it is not accurate or documented then it can be of very little use to you. For example do you have birth dates or email addresses and if not you may want to consider a data appends for these items.

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Data Appends: A Guide for Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

Data scientists and prospect researchers on the nonprofit payroll are working side by side to mine data within the nonprofit’s information system and create models that predict who is likely to give—and who is not. Top 20 Data Appends for Nonprofits.

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Prescriptive Analytics for Nonprofits—How Data Technology Can Transform the Way We Work

Connection Cafe

Data is changing how our world operates. As the collection of data becomes ubiquitous and seamless and the analysis of data more powerful, it is changing every aspect of our lives. Similarly, data science methods can help us engage in continuous learning.

Do It Yourself: Getting Started with Data Analysis

NTEN

Anyone can learn to do good analysis. Working with data doesn’t have to be hard, but it can be intimidating when you’re starting out. It’s not true, and you need to un-learn that lesson if it’s scaring you away from your data Jo Miles. Online Engagement Strategist.

Big Data and Big Benefits for YOU!

Connection Cafe

“Big data” has been a “big topic” for quite some time now. What does big data mean? What are the steps to utilizing big data effectively? Step 1: Find the right suite of data analytics products and services! Step 2: Learn to trust the data results.

Attention nonprofits: We don’t know our donor data!

3rd Sector Labs

Understanding data is critically important to success in any business. Unfortunately, data can be boring, even confusing. Many nonprofits don’t know their donor data. If we don’t know our donor data, how can we effectively plan a fundraising appeal? So, how do we know that nonprofits don’t know their donor data? Data degrades. For starters, ALL data degrades over time. Less than 5% of the advice focused on technology and/or data.

What’s up with consumer data privacy?

3rd Sector Labs

The topic of consumer data privacy is getting more and more attention in the media and on Capitol Hill. The topic of consumer data privacy has had the attention of Capitol Hill for some time. A few months back, we provided an update on steps taken by Senator Rockefeller’s Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to expand its investigation into the data brokerage industry. More specifically, it’s about consumer data. Is big data bad?

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Data in the Wind | 4 Options for Fine-Tuning Old Data

Connection Cafe

You probably have data that’s in the same shape as my old guitar. Using that data for an analysis or a campaign is like me trying to play that guitar without fixing her up. I attended several sessions at bbcon 2015 about data-driven decision making.

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A Fundraiser’s Secret Weapon: Data Analytics

Connection Cafe

This post is all about analytics and the vital role it should play in your organization: Let Go of Your Fear – Anyone Can Be Data-Driven. Let Go of Your Fear – Anyone Can Be Data-Driven. Am I using the data I have to its fullest advantage? Let’s begin with your data.

Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

The topic – “Drive Your Fundraising Success with Strategy, Smart Technology and Better Data” – focused on the importance of aligning fundraising strategy, technology and a data in order to maximize the efficiencies of all three. Unfortunately, not every fundraising strategy, technology and data question could be answered, and so we wanted to share more of the Q&A here. How do we get “better data”?

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Analytics: It’s About More Than Just the Data

Connection Cafe

For brevity let’s decide that it is about technology, techniques and processes for understanding what’s in your data and driving your business practices. Analytics can help to determine trends, prescribe actions and responses, and provide a solid foundation for data-driven decision making.

“Donor retention by the numbers”: Q&A with Caity Craver and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

The topic – “Donor Retention by the Numbers: Demystifying the Leaky Bucket” – focused on how to properly measure donor retention and then use that data to drive improved fundraising results. Does data quality really impact the accuracy of growth scores?

Can Social Network Analysis Improve Your Social Media Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the topics was “How to understand social networks through social network analysis and mapping techniques.&# I thought I’d expand on it here. The definition of links or how you’re connected is defined however you want in social network analysis.

A Few Good Statistical Analysis Tools

Idealware

Whether your organization needs to measure its programmatic success or expand its donor base, statistical analysis software can help nonprofits become more data-driven and accountable. If your software budget is tight and your statistical analysis needs are basic, consider Excel. Windows users can install the built-in Analysis Toolpak, but Excel for the Mac OS now requires a free downloadable add-on, like Statplus: Mac LE.

Big Data and Predictive Analysis: What Every Small Business Needs to Know

Wild Apricot Blog

Big data is not just for the big companies. Big data has been around for quite some time, but it may seem like an elusive jargon to you. With explosion of real-time data applications, it is but obvious that a huge amount of data is accumulated in various applications. Large businesses were quick to realize the value of this treasure trove and deployed various data analytics techniques to discover trends and gain insights

Typical Twitter user is a young woman with an iPhone & 208 followers — Tech News and Analysis

AFP Blog

Typical Twitter user is a young woman with an iPhone & 208 followers — Tech News and Analysis : witter’s endless funnel of data is producing an equally endless series of studies — including on Twitter itself. In “An Exhaustive Study of Twitter Users Around the World,” analytics firm Beevolve claims to have crunched data from 36 million Twitter profiles.

Is Your Organization Prepared to Dodge Donor Data Disasters?

Connection Cafe

This is where your historical coding and a little extra analysis will help. Divide Your Data – First, pull the episodic donors by the coding parameter used during the event.

Nonprofit Marketing Tips: Disadvantages of Data Co-Ops

Exactask Technology

data analytics data analysis for nonprofits TechnologyAnalytics are becoming increasingly key to how marketing functions in the digital age. Good analytics can be especially invaluable when it comes to working on development campaigns for nonprofit organizations. Whether you’re mounting a completely digital campaign or a traditional direct mail effort , ask string analytics are invaluable in terms of gaining insights into donor habits and giving potential.

Nonprofit Marketing Research Made Simple, No Matter Your Budget

Connection Cafe

Cleary defining the research question will keep your research from becoming unfocused, and will increase the decision-making usefulness of the data you obtain. Go online to find trade association reports, government data, academic research, and databases such as CPANDA.

Tapping Giving USA Data for Year-Round Success

Connection Cafe

Based on IRS data and done using a complex model – one that is freely available for others to review and evaluate – the report tells us how much has been donated across the country in the previous tax year. Nonprofit Fundraising big data giving Giving USA The Giving Institute

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Beyond Dashboards: Business Intelligence Tools for Program Analysis and Reporting

Idealware

More than simply graphically displaying static data, they offer trend analysis, forecasting and drill-down capabilities that can dramatically expand your insight into program performance. With a good BI tool, you can combine data from multiple sources, view it from different perspectives and distribute it more easily. Beyond simple reporting, BI tools allow a more comprehensive analysis of your organization’s data 1. PublishDate: June 2012.

Big Data Means More Than Big Profits

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This post originally appeared as part of an online debate about How Big Data Can Have a Social Impact, which the Harvard Business Review Blog Network hosted jointly with the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Big Data is all the rage in Silicon Valley. But can Big Data also create positive social change? Massive amounts of data are collected on the pollution in our cities and the changes in our climate. Talk about Big Data!

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Driving Toward Impact With Data Science #15ntc

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is a session about being Data Savvy featuring colleagues from Crisis Text Line, Global Giving, and DataKind. From online shopping to online dating, our daily interactions are increasingly going digital and, as a result, generating a huge amount of data about our behavior.

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Can Stories Be Data?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Your numerical data can tell stories , but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement? The only valid data is quantitative data. Real time analysis is not useful because it is drive by analysis. But how do deal with that much data?

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Which Social Networking Analysis Term Best Describes Virgin America?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is a post to help me identify what I don't know about social network analysis and mapping tools with the hope that you'll fill in the gaps in the comments. How would you describe Virgin America in social networking analysis and mapping terminology? .