Why Data Informed VS Data Driven?

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One of the questions I was asked, ”Why Data Informed? Why Not Data-Driven?” ” Being data-informed is something very different from a data-driven culture. Being data-driven sounds great—in theory. Flickr Photo by neoporcupine.

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5 Critical Characteristics of Data Driven Nonprofits

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We know that Big Data is fundamentally changing how companies make decisions and improve their performance, but many nonprofit organizations have lagged behind in this area. What I found is compiled in the new book Data Driven Nonprofits. Some organizations still treat data as exhaust.

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Solving the Nonprofit Data Paradox

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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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The DATA Act in the Age of Transparency

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In 2017, the nation’s first open data law, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) moved from a pilot phase to full implementation. federal government spending data. The Freedom of Information Act. Want to learn more about the DATA Act ?

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Solved! The Nonprofit Data Mystery

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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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How Data Intelligence is Accelerating Innovation for Social Good

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At Blackbaud, where I serve as Chief Technology Officer, one of our core tenets has been to design an open, cloud-based software and data architecture. Internet of Things (IoT) technology is cheap, accessible, and can transform normal household items into network devices which generate data.

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Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

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In recent years, we’ve seen a major uptick in organizations across the social good sector looking at data – and how to use data – in new ways. Data champions —whether inside a nonprofit organization or a foundation—know that data on its own doesn’t accelerate impact on its own.

Data hoarding: Does the term apply to your donor data?

3rd Sector Labs

Year after year you gather information about donors. Is your organization is a donor data hoarder? Data hoarding extends far beyond just your donor data and CRM software. All data needs to be managed. Email data is overwhelming corporate America.

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Using Nonprofit Data to Find Your Next Major Donor

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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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Data Are Not Information

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By Jeff Stanger, Director, Center for Digital Information We are obsessed with data — big data, open data, linked data, personal data, government data, visualized data. Data carry enormous potential. It's important that we don't confuse "data" for "information." Data are only the raw material of information. Unlike data alone, information carries meaning, relevance and utility.

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

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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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Infographic: Big Data, Big Profits

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Marketers everywhere have access to more information, quantifiable data, and often times, funds than ever before. Big data is responsible for empowering a true movement in the industry. Utilizing all this information for good can be tricky though. Is data alone enough?

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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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The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

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I’ve been curating resources and teaching workshops on the topic of information coping skills for a couple of years. This was in the era before Facebook and there was far less information available compared today. (My To encourage consumption of local information.

Five Tips for Nonprofits Data Visualization

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Note from Beth: I met Matthew Scharpnick, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Elefint Designs, a strategic design studio that works with good causes, at the Data for Good Conference in Chicago. One area that he works on is data visualization for nonprofits.

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4 Strategies To Utilize Your “Big Data”

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If you’ve read an article about big data in the last year or two, and thought “That’s too big to effect my nonprofit…” you’re probably wrong. Many people view big data as the key to unlock marketing potential and grant thorough insight into the minds and habit of constituents.

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4 Ways Data and Analytics Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Positive ROI

Connection Cafe

It is appropriate to expect positive ROI from data analytics, but remember that expectations must be fueled by actions! Here are 4 key ways data and analytics can help your organization achieve positive ROI: 1.

Growing your Members and Donors with the Power of Data

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I had the privilege of hearing from Rosie Siemer and Dana Hines on Membership & Engagement: The Power of Data at bbcon 2016. I loved this session; not only am I an undisputed data nerd, but also I love finding new ways to engage and communicate better. Happy data-mining!

Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

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I led the panel, “Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits are Leveraging Data” and was joined by Adrian Bordone, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at GuideStar, and Peter York CEO and Chief Innovator at Algorythm. Access to Data.

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What’s in your data management plan?

3rd Sector Labs

If your data isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. – TSL data expert. And no, we aren’t simply advocating some chaos theory about data. Organizations in every industry today dependent on good data to be successful. Document your data needs.

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Data Digest: Introducing the Information Chef

Tech Soup Blog

I'm Steve, a data scientist working with the team at TechSoup and I'm starting a biweekly conversation about how we can all use data and information to drive smarter decisions. A Recipe for Information Success. That's why I call myself the Information Chef.

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Political Campaigns About Harnessing Smart Data

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Now, let’s take it a step further and see how these intense, short-lived campaigns harness the power of the data they collect with these three examples and the lessons learned. Lesson #2: Consolidate Your Data. Lesson #3: Smart Data Tops Big Data.

Big Data and Big Benefits for YOU!

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“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.

Nonprofit Organizational Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch

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Note from Beth: I was thrilled to be interviewed by Steve along with many other nonprofit data nerds, for his new book, Data Driven Nonprofits. He was kind enough to send me an advanced copy and it is definitely a must read. Data Health. Unstructured Data.

Using Data to Predict Fundraising Results

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I recently attended AHP Convene Canada 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia and attended an important session “Turning Data Analytics into Meaningful Business Intelligence” led by Lynn Conforti and Sheila Tilotta of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.

Analytics: It’s About More Than Just the Data

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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.

Clouds, Data, And Your Nonprofit

TechImpact

Their ability to centralize and organize information, files, and data imperative to your nonprofit is to the success of your mission. However, because many nonprofits have yet to adopt cloud based solutions, they’re still struggling with the organization of their data and files.

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Guarantee Success for Your Year-End Campaign with Donor Data as Your Guide

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But the reality is that we sometimes have so much data to analyze and interpret that it can be hard to know where to start. To ensure that your database is ready for analytics, the first step is to optimize the information you already have: your donor contact information.

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Drowning in Marketing Data? 3 Steps to Take Control

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In fact, we have so much data to analyze and interpret that it can be hard to know where to start. Before you get overwhelmed and are tempted to spend exorbitant amounts of money on data management, take a step back and think about what you really need. First: Devise a data strategy.

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Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

3rd Sector Labs

If you’ve migrated donor data from one CRM to another, no doubt you have dealt with a lot of difficult decisions. In fact, our donor data migration clients often express surprise at the number of decisions they have to make. D3: What do I do about data that won’t import?

Do You Know What Your Data is Telling You?

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“Big data” can help nonprofits predict future behavior precisely and provide an important competitive edge. But how do you prevent information overload and derive these insights efficiently? The key is to make “big data” more manageable.

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Actionable Data is Better than Big Data (And Learning Trumps Both)

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At last year’s ASAE Technology Conference there was a lot of discussion of “big data.” It’s been years now since the 7 Measures of Success report suggested that associations needed to have “data driven strategies.” Humanize Useful Data

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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

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Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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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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Summer Cleaning: A Data Hygiene Checklist Any Nonprofit Can Reference!

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So July and August can be a great time to clean-up your fundraising system to make sure your data is as accurate and robust as possible, in particular when you start thinking of embarking on a data analytics and/or prospect screening project in the coming months, let’s say maybe later in the 3 rd and 4 th quarters. Please feel free to check out these individual services on our website at Data Enrichment Services for more details.

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

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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.”.

Donor Data And Your Nonprofit

TechImpact

There are more tools available to nonprofits today that can be used for measuring their donor data than ever before. Whether it be a CRM , GoogleAnalytics , or a social media analytic tool like SproutSocial , measuring and understanding data is an essential part of contemporary business. The truth is, without the help of data, effectively planning a fundraising strategy or maintaining high donor retention numbers makes a hard job near impossible. Data degrades.

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Can Stories Be Data?

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Your numerical data can tell stories , but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement? The only valid data is quantitative data. Make data-driven decisions only, don’t trust your gut ever. But how do deal with that much data?

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How Data Intelligence Is Accelerating Innovation for Social Good

Tech Soup Blog

At Blackbaud, where I serve as chief technology officer, one of our core tenets has been to design an open, cloud-based software and data architecture. With data, analytics, and intelligence in mind, the following capabilities emerge as candidates to have a great positive impact.

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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