Beyond the Pie Chart: What Scatter Plots Can Do for You

Tech Soup Blog

Part 3 in our Beyond the Pie Chart series digs into the wonderful world of scatter plots. These tips from Tableau's Visual Analysis Best Practices and Which Chart or Graph is Right for You? As we can see from the chart (specifically when we add a trend line), there is a clear negative correlation between sales price and quantity. By creating this interactive scatter plot, an insurance investigator can quickly evaluate where there might be fraudulent activity.

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Telling the story in a new way: Should arts leaders use impact evaluation?

ASU Lodestar Center

Impact evaluation in the arts, and its broader use for leaders of any nonprofit, can drive results. Qualitative yet empirically-based impact evaluation bridges the gap left by other evaluative methods providing the context of mission fulfillment for a nonprofit organization. Only within the last decade has research on the efficacy of evaluating the effects of art on audiences been realized (Brown & Novak, 2013). Evaluation can be painful.


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Top Ten Chart Secrets from A Nonprofit Data Nerd

Beth Kanter

Enjoy this post from my of many favorite nonprofit data nerds … Top Ten Chart Secrets from A Nonprofit Data Nerd. Charts can be one of your strongest communication tools. Better charts = better communication = better understanding = better decision making. There are infinite types of charts, but you don’t have to master them all. Line charts and histograms and scatter plots, oh my! The good news: You only need a handful of go-to charts.

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Go Old School.Use A Flip Chart For Gathering Ideas

Eric Jacobson

Thursday, August 12, 2010 Go Old School.Use A Flip Chart For Gathering Ideas Heres a great idea from communications consultant, speaker and author David Grossman : And, yes its old school. Grossman recommends that when you have something you want to get your employees input on, post a question on a flip chart in your department or office. Provide Post-it notes, and watch the ideas grow as employees post their ideas on the flip chart.

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QuickBooks for Nonprofits PRO TIP:  How to Use Classes for Painless Grant Writing

Blue Fox

nerdalert) Using this method, you can allocate a percentage of staff salaries, general overhead, and direct program costs to each program WITHOUT adding a gazillion lines to your Chart of Accounts. ​ If anything, let’s review your chart of accounts and class set up.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Impact Convergence 2016 brings together leaders, practitioners, and professionals from around the globe who are interested in impact and evaluation. This milestone provides an opportunity for the international education community to both celebrate the progress we’ve made in expanding access and support for diverse and underrepresented students and chart a path forward toward inclusive excellence in global education.

“Seeding by ceding”: What we know about the latest group of organizations funded by MacKenzie Scott


Therefore, each chart contains information about how many grantees are represented. [ii] Last month, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced that she, in partnership with her husband Dan Jewett, donated another $2.74 billion to philanthropic entities.

Top 2021 Fundraising Strategies: Mastering an Analytical Approach to Strategy and Planning


Once you know the benchmarks, you can compare your data to them and evaluate how successful your efforts are. What kind of Gift Chart represents your current distribution of donors, and how many donors do you need at each level to meet your goals? .

Training Nonprofit Staff & Volunteers Effectively in 5 Steps

Get Fully Funded

What you could be finding is that the organizational chart stayed largely the same, but now, not everyone fits where they were before. Every person in your organization—staff, volunteers, and board members alike—need an annual evaluation of their performance. Remember Captain Obvious?

7 Tips for Successful Creative Agency Partnerships 

Media Cause

define who is responsible for leading, executing, and providing feedback on each workstream (a well-executed RACI chart is great for this!). Evaluate creative work based on effectiveness, not opinion.

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Planning to Win: A Framework and Free Toolkit for Nonprofit Campaign Planning

Beth Kanter

Evaluate the Campaign Climate. Chart the Course. Planning to Win is an online guide for nonprofits that are looking to win support for an issue, impact policy, or get a corporation or government body to change its policies. Spitfire developed this upgraded version of its first campaign planning tool because of the many new factors affecting what it takes to design and run winning campaigns in today’s rapidly changing world.

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Introducing the 2021 Classy Awards Leadership Council


Designs and launches new initiatives, drives organizational strategy, and helps chart the future of Feeding America. Senior Advisor and Director, Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance.

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Nonprofit Fundraising: How to Run an Effective Campaign


Gift range chart. Then, evaluate what donor acquisition and engagement strategies worked and what didn’t. . The potential donor turns into a donor after evaluating their options and donating to the organization.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

Beth Kanter

The ideas can be captured on a flip chart or participants can write them down on sticky notes and post them on a wall. A second process is used to evaluate the ideas – clustering the ideas into themes and identifying the best ones. A second process is used to evaluate the ideas – clustering the ideas into themes and identifying the best ones. Write them on a flip chart, white board, or slide so everyone can see it.

Social Media Analytics: The Basics

NonProfit Hub

All it takes is a close look at a few main factors to evaluate your overall social media performance. On Twitter, you can find this chart on the right side of your profile (not your analytics page) when in desktop view. On Facebook, click the “Posts” tab in “Insights” and drag your mouse across the chart to view when the most users are online. So, you’ve mastered the art of creating effective, engaging social media content. Congratulations! But your job doesn’t stop there.

A quick look at Salesforce Winter ‘10

Judi Sohn

It’s almost silly that we just got the ability to show percentages in pie charts on the last release, and now we finally have combination charts. The way it worked before in a pie chart, if there were one or two records for a value (totaling less than 3% of the total) the dashboard would lump those together in a “Other&# category. Now that “feature&# can be turned on and off for each chart.

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Messages, Stories, and Conversations: Creating a Strategy for your organization and your supporters

Amy Sample Ward

On a flip chart or whiteboard (or if you are working through this by yourself, just use a piece of paper or a spread sheet on your computer) draw 4 vertical lines, creating 5 columns. You may want to turn the flip chart sideways or use separate sheets for each column. #1: The two “How it Happens&# columns are great opportunities for evaluating which social media tools you are using for different audiences, something I’ve talked about on this blog before.

New Resource for Nonprofits: The Data Playbook – Practices for Purpose-Driven Work

Beth Kanter

One of the newest resources, a free online guide called “ The Data Playbook ,” was recently published by the Schusterman Foundation and written by Rella Kaplowitz, Program Officer, Evaluation and Learning. There is also a section that discusses additional methods such using open data sets and program evaluation that may require hiring a consultant. Join me at Markets for Good on December 6 at 1 pm EST for a FREE roundtable discussion about the new Data Playbook. .

SXSW: Future of Social Networks

Amy Sample Ward

Evaluate where social makes sense. where are customers or users “in&# the organization chart (at the top?). Presentation by Charlene Li at SXSW. You can see the session information here. “Social networks will be like air.&#. Yes, we’ve heard this before, but we can’t conceptualize “air.&#. The people who “own&# those relationships need to start working together to integrate the platforms.

How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

Beth Kanter

One of the simplest ways to practice continuous improvement is to incorporate a process evaluation. And, of course, your evaluation will also include looking at the data from surveys and interviews with participants after the event. We had several flip chart pages on the wall that were divided into quarters with the following labels: Keep, Delete, Adjust, Amplify. 4) The next step is compare these top level themes against the participant evaluation.(We

Top 10 Spreadsheet Secrets From A Nonprofit Data Nerd

Beth Kanter

I created Excel for Evaluation , a series of more than 25 video tutorials with real examples from nonprofits, to share my favorite techniques with nonprofit leaders like you. Data nerds know how to clean and recode data, look for patterns, calculate key statistics, and then show off the most important information in graphs and charts. Here’s an example where I created data bars —miniature within-cell bar charts—to quickly compare each youth’s pretest score and posttest score.

[VIDEO] Why You Should Ditch The Way You’ve Been Doing Strategic Planning


And a lot of the research is market research, is, you know, evaluating our constituents and our stakeholders. So with a process of improvement, you’re going to regularly evaluate your progress.

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Five Steps to Finding ROI

Amy Sample Ward

So, how do identify if you are succeeding or evaluate if you are improving? These 5 steps assume that your organization has already used a process to evaluate your audience and your goals and chosen tools and strategies that match the audience and organizational goals. By charting out the problems, strategies, benefits, and values first, we give ourselves a better picture to pull out metrics.

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Social Media: Ask What’s the Change, Not the Return!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is a flow chart that calculates business performance taking into account not only whether the company had a profit, but whether that profit was good enough relative to the assets it took to generate it. Over those 90 years, the chart has been polished, refined and so deeply embedded in business thinking that Wall Street views it as the only legitimate means of measuring business performance. Engage Media's Theory of Change.

How To Save The Planet: 10 Changes With The Biggest Impact

Twenti - Digital Marketing For Nonprofits

With the clock ticking, we’ve evaluated the impact of the biggest changes we can make for the planet. You can see our pie chart at the top of this article for a rough estimate on the percentages that each industry makes up of an average footprint.

On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Community concerns have grown so strong that on June 19, the first day of the Braille Summit, the Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued new guidance to States and public agencies to reaffirm the importance of braille instruction and to clarify the circumstances and evaluation requirements under the law. Another major challenge involves the graphic content in ebooks, such as pictures, charts, and diagrams, formulas and special symbols.

The Outcome of Our Outcomes

Beth Kanter

Outcomes, indicators, metrics, logic models, flow charts galore – measurement and evaluation are in season these days. The Packard Foundation, true to the nature of its brave and innovative Learning in Public experiment, generously shared with us some of the lessons it learned by opening up the measurement and evaluation effort of its Organizational Effectiveness program to…well… the public. Flickr Photo By Mastery of Maps.

Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

As I’m sure many of you already know, much of this work, whether it’s building up the community, working on engagement, listening, evaluation, or anything else, relies on a strategy continues to come back around to the planning elements and through to evaluation, over and over. From listening, to creating to evaluating and then back to the listening again so that you can modify and then evaluate, and so on.

Your Top 10 Tech Topics

Tech Soup Blog

We evaluated Kickstarter, Indiegogo, CauseVox , and more, so you can be one of the cool kids, too. Learn how to plan and implement QuickBooks, how to set up the chart of accounts , master coding and reporting , and more. Fiscal year end is a time of reflection here at TechSoup. Well … reflection and crunching epic piles of data. We're reviewing what worked well this year and what we can improve for next year.

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Money for your nonprofit: Writing a grant proposal

ASU Lodestar Center

Method for evaluating your success. Goals, strategy, and evaluation (1 page each). Feel free to use graphs, charts, tables, timelines, and any other means to convey your thoughts in a clear and meaningful manner. Finally, explain how you will evaluate your performance and success in meeting your needs with the grantmaker’s funds. If you referenced any visuals – pictures, charts, tables, graphs, etc. – posted by Alex Gomory , Lead Editor of

What We Talk About When We Talk About Organizational Learning

Beth Kanter

Fifteen of us met for 90 minutes to share, commiserate, trade ideas and think about our work at the intersection of evaluation, knowledge management and organizational learning. Yet foundation staff charged with organizational learning responsibilities are still charting a new course in our field. Luckily, the learning, evaluation and knowledge management pioneers want to keep talking and meeting. Photo by Aaron Schmidt.

[VIDEO] Counting the Costs: Where Capital Campaigns Often Miss the Mark


That’s our internal evaluation of are they even ready? You know, that all flows up the org chart to me at the top.

How Do We Balance Measuring Outcomes with Measuring to Learn and Improve? (#SM_RE)

Beth Kanter

On April 25, 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will host a national convening of leaders from 11 foundations, as well as experts in evaluation, social media, and communications to develop measures for evaluating the impact of social media on foundation outcomes. There’s also a Twitter chat on April 18th at 3 pm EST if you want to talk about social media measurement.

Digital Marketing Plan For Nonprofits: The Definitive Guide (2017)

Nonprofits Source

Sometimes it’s best to take a step back and evaluate if you’re doing everything possible to get your message heard. Once you select the Channels tab it will bring up a chart showing your organic traffic: Selecting the Landing Page dimension will filter data to show individual page performance. Does your nonprofit have a digital marketing plan ? Or, are you throwing a ton of content on the web hoping someone will find it? I get it.

Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

As a trainer and now adjunct professor, I’m constantly working on and honing these skills sets: assessment, instructional design, curriculum/materials development, presenting, facilitation, and evaluation. There is a lot of learn and refine in each of these areas. And that’s why I love teaching and training because it is all about the learning for both you and the participants.

Women Who Tech: Tools and Apps to Energize your Base

Amy Sample Ward

Having tools in place to help you monitor, measure, and evaluate your work in real time will help you be more successful with your campaign, better engage with the community, and make more lasting change in the long run. Then, for each group, create a chart with 4 columns and identify: Their goal: why do they engage with you.

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Using Free Online Tools: A Toolkit for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

s Using Free Online Tools toolkit is designed as an interactive, practical guide to help nonprofits evaluate free web tools and resources such as benefits calculators, online filing of forms, etc. Assess This worksheet asks specific questions for nonprofits to create a project plan to evaluate the fit between an online tool and their mission (3) Evaluate Tools.

Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

Beth Kanter

It does close-ended questions and displays a bar chart or can also create a word cloud. Help participants evaluate the session in real-time – replacing the use of a flip chart in a plus/delta analysis.

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Increasing User Value / Moving to Influence

Forum One

These are drawn from some work we did in an evaluation ( see the report ) of the ReliefWeb web site of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. One way to look at the stages of increasing value to web site users is shown in the chart above. These get to the "highlighting" and "analyzing" approaches in the second and third rows of the chart.

Town Hall Report Back: January 2014


Our community-driven focus also means we are changing the way NTEN staff evaluations are created. Interally, we have a new organizational chart (if you can call it that! All staff will be participating in direct feedback and evaluation of each other''s work and we hope that you will contribute. We hope that this is not a burden (we will keep the evaluation process short and sweet) but instead allows every staff member to feel connected and accountable to our community.

Just How Smart Are Your Social Media Objectives?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A Communications Evaluation Guide by Asibey Consulting I've been exploring different ROI and communications evaluation approaches and how they might be adapted for social media strategies. To help, the Communications Network recently published a guide to help foundations and nonprofits develop plans to evaluate their communications. The guide is an excellent road map for designing and planning an evaluation of your overall communications plan.

Guest Post: Next Generation of Donors Meet the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leadership at NTEN


Chart 1 below shows that the next generation of donors, Gen X and Boomers are truly multi-channel. Chart 1. As you can see in chart one, the channels for giving are broad for the next generations of donor (note that even Matures report giving through many channels, but at 77%, "check by mail" is dominate for Matures). As you can see in chart 2, that's a lot of channels that people use and are important, so start breaking down those walls today. Chart 2 .

New on SSIR: Give Permission to Peer Influence

Amy Sample Ward

The evaluation and recognition of peer influence, something that is not only prevalent but inherent in social media, is something that help empower and sustain your communities AND increase your staff capacity. What’s so great about the chart from Forrester at the top of this post is that it shows you a great way to view segments of your database in an influential way. My latest post is up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog.