Community Impact: Using Patient Data to Measure Program Success

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But for so many different fields within the social good space, this can be a challenge because results and data are not something that is a normal focus of their work. Within healthcare, data and results are at the forefront. However, the struggle for many in the healthcare space is taking the data we have (usually medical or case notes) and translating it into socially-focused results and impact, while protecting patient’s HIPAA rights.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 156: Getting Started with Outcomes Measurement for Foundations

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Many foundations would like to have a more defined measurement process around their grantmaking but aren’t sure where to start. Bivens Foundation about starting with the mission statement, talking to your board, and tracking data. Which data is needed. How to track data.

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

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Is your organization is a donor data hoarder? Data hoarding extends far beyond just your donor data and CRM software. It applies to outcome measurements, web traffic, social media data, emails, image files, document versioning, backups, backups of backups, etc. All data needs to be managed. Email data is overwhelming corporate America. But for our purposes, let’s narrow the focus to donor data. The costs of managing too much bad 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. In fact, when I was conducting research for my book Data Driven Nonprofits , I spoke with data champions in a wide variety of organizations across numerous focus areas. Data champions —whether inside a nonprofit organization or a foundation—know that data on its own doesn’t accelerate impact on its own.

Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

Amy Sample Ward

I recently got my copy of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine. In the foreward, Beth and Katie say that “measurement is the secret sauce; we provide the recipe.” One that really speaks to me is the point that “measurement helps nonprofits understand and improve their social networks.” bookreview resources beth kanter book review measurement netnon

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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. Our panel discussion unpacked the role that data and technology plays in the relationship between funders and nonprofits and how critical this relationship is to accelerating success of the larger social good space. Access to Data.

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Exploring Data for Impact

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The world is undergoing a data revolution, and the social sector is no exception. Social enterprises are collecting more and more data: data about social problems; data about intervention outcomes; data for collective impact; data for learning; data for dashboards to better operate their enterprises; data for funders; and the list goes on. Yet, social enterprises arent typically made up of data geeks.

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Embracing the Point of Impact Together: Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders and Nonprofits

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One of the most exciting parts of 2017 for me so far has been to see how many nonprofit organizations and foundations are becoming more and more passionate about outcomes measurement. Each organization is on what we like to call an outcomes journey , where results-focused givers are moving from basic outcomes measurement to a strategic and integrated approach. Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders. Outcomes Measurement Tips for Nonprofits.

Social Media with M+R: How to Measure the Metrics that Matter


Through her work with clients like the Wildlife Conservation Society and her love of (math) problem solving, Amy has picked up a lot of wisdom + I wanted to better understand her process for approaching a social media campaign and measuring its efficacy. It's not enough to measure "likes" for every post and assume the ones with more had the most impact. Measuring beyond "likes". campaigns social media data

3 Reasons You’re About to Love Outcomes Measurement

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It means investing with purpose to achieve specific, measurable outcomes and impact. In the impact investing model, when we give to a cause, we should see specific and measureable return in the form of social change. And I’m proud to say that over the past eight years, I have helped giving organizations shift millions of dollars to impactful, measurable giving and empowered them to tell their organization’s results story. Who’s excited about simplifying outcomes measurement?

Data drives better digital marketing for nonprofits

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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. For example, Epsilon, a consumer brand loyalty expert, published a short report on using data to build customer loyalty. Use small data (i.e. Data and story-telling.

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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. Looking at it from a different angle, open ecosystems also yield data and analytics that enable everyone who is part of it to gain more insights and intelligence. This data can power intelligent software solutions, surface actionable events, maintain accurate and current data assets, and generally drive more results for users.

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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. They analyzed petabytes of data and something popped in the results: Pop-Tarts. Their answers were likely to be anecdotal in nature and we should know by now that the plural of anecdote is not data.

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How to Measure Your Prospect Management System

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Once you have consistent and relevant prospect data at your disposal, what should you measure? Fundraising Success & Performance Identifying Prospects metrics Prospect Managment

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How to Define, Measure and Communicate Your Impact

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It’s hard to ramp up the good work you do if you don’t know how to concretely define, measure and communicate your impact to supporters. When we keep in mind the true meaning of the impact, in all its forms, it helps us discover what’s important when measuring it. Measuring impact. Gathering data and stories of your impact is crucial. How can you objectively measure a growth in self-esteem or an increase in overall well-being? goals, measure them!

Take Control of Your Data: 3 Must-Have Reporting Tools Every Nonprofit Should Have


From your board members requesting the latest donor stats to your digital director asking for email conversion rates, tracking your data can be hard. Here are some key tools your nonprofit should have to meet your reporting needs: Customizable reports that allow you to get roll up data and detailed data. However, you’ll be able to edit this data and add the columns that matter to you. But what about the roll up data for those big picture meetings?

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Looking to Be More Data-Driven? For Nonprofits, KPIs Start with Goals

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Across all sectors, there’s a push to become “data-driven” and “digitally-savvy.” This data frenzy has not just taken the commercial sector by a storm. Throughout the nonprofit world, more sophisticated CRMs , advanced analytics , and murmurs about the use of artificial intelligence in fundraising have given rise to a case of data fever in the do-good sector as well. At the same time, all this hype about “big data” can be anxiety-inducing, especially for smaller nonprofits.

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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. Turning Analytics into Business Intellingence: Hawthorne Effect : Be very intentional about what you choose to measure. Make sure measures are ultimately tied to your organization’s operational, tactical, and strategic plans.

Data and the Human Touch

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These stories about the needs in our communities are data points of real, positive change. But do they measure the real impact we’re making in the lives of our beneficiaries? Can attribution hold up when it comes to measuring the human experience of hope, self-worth, or reconciliation? Data is now a core resource. Here’s Benetech’s outlook: we advocate for a human-centered approach to data in the social sector. Data without context has little value.

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Measuring Conservation Effectiveness

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Measuring outcomes is difficult, measuring activities is easy. But, if we only measure activities, we could find ourselves being "successful" while the species we're trying to protect goes extinct or the biome we're trying to protect loses viability and diversity. At the same time, we should be able to gather enough data to find out whether certain practices contribute to better outcomes.

Business Intelligence: Using Data to Make Decisions

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CRM is a great repository of data, but how you use the data is what really matters. Business intelligence is nothing more than using data to make decisions. It does not require a complex data warehouse or a set of fancy business intelligence tools in order to be effective. In many instances a data warehouse does help to aid in complex reporting, but don’t assume that one is required to utilize business intelligence. You have your CRM. It’s wonderful.

‘Why don’t you have a nonprofit data management plan?’ Q&A with Debbie Snyder and Gary Carr

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Third Sector Labs recently co-hosted a data management webinar with Debbie Snyder , VP of Sales & Marketing for Adcieo. The topic – “Why don’t you have a data management plan?” ” – focused on why you need, and how to create, a nonprofit data management plan. As always, if you have questions about your nonprofit data management plan, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Be proactive in your data management, not reactive.

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The Value of CRM: Using Data to Drive Decisions

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A hot topic in the media right now is whether or not stores … CRM Metrics & Measurement data Decision Making metrics

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Top tips for Efficiently Measuring Social Media ROI & Getting Strategic with Your Data

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Measuring the return on investment for any organizational effort is a standard of doing business. In a rapidly changing media landscape it can be overwhelming for organizations to know how to properly measure the various types of impact being made, especially when it comes to social media efforts. And analyzing this data for meaningful takeaways is something many organizations haven’t even considered at this point. Rather than trying to measure everything, start small.

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Data Sanity for Nonprofits: Three Crucial Points


As you’ll see in this post, they tackle three big challenges nonprofits face as they turn their attention to data. And for anyone looking to get smarter about data, check out our upcoming course: Using Data to Transform Your Organization. This five-week course will help you get your data program off the ground, including developing metrics, finding and analyzing data, presenting data to funders and constituents, and using data to make decisions.

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Lessons on Policymakers, Gender Equality, and Data

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Last week at the United Nations General Assembly , Equal Measures 2030 launched a multi-country policymaker survey that explored perceptions of progress on gender-related issues and access to and use of data to inform decisions. While many policymakers were unable to estimate the scale of issues related to girls and women, the majority said they would know where to access data on these issues should they need to.

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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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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. Whether you’ve mastered target tags or are new to the power of data, there’s something for everyone in their insights. Facebook combines critical mass (everyone is on Facebook) with data. Happy data-mining!

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Using Software and Data to Change the World

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It was a blast to be with an entire conference full of social good software and data people from around the world. Using Software and Data to Change the World We are in an amazing time. Of course we know that the questioner has no data to speak of and today’s answer is probably “nothing.” We have to use this opening to help advance our goal; using software and data to change the world for the better! Now this vision is not just about more data.

5 Foundation Trends for 2019: Conquering the Unknown with the Help of Data

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Here are the five trends I see having the most impact on foundations in this coming year, starting with these new potential partners: Partnerships and Data. A key piece to understanding those root causes as well as coordinating an effective response will be an increased focus on data. Foundations should aim to have the necessary data in their hands before meeting with partners so that an optimal program is in place from the beginning to achieve your desired outcomes.

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Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you work in social media or PR for that matter, and you are concerned about measurement, then KD Paine is already high on your list of must go to sources. I’ve been following her work for at least five years and had the honor of facilitating a SXSW Panel called “ Social Media, Nonprofit, and ROI Poetry Slam &# where she was a participant. Not only did she wear a Tiara, but she shared her measurement insights in rhyme. Books Measurement

Recipe for (Measuring) Success

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Recipe for (Measuring) Success. Here is my recipe to achieve just that: Fundraising Activity Progress Report To see how many participants are registered and actively fundraising online, begin by creating a new report that includes each participant line by line,* and pull the following pieces of data for each: (Ingredients): Name + any biological or address info you’d like to track. Author: Noel Beebe.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Data on Purpose 2019: “Navigating the Digital Now.”. Data on Purpose 2019: “Navigating the Digital Now.”. Nonprofit organizations have moved well past the time when technology and data were treated as standalone entities. And like those other core functions, we must examine our technology and data strategies to properly evaluate and prioritize our needs and successfully build our digital capacity. It's finally here!

The Power of Data to Free Women and Girls

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Thanks to new platforms, technology and increasingly connected lives, data and stories shared widely can be powerful tools to reveal differences and build a much stronger picture of the injustice that women and girls experience worldwide. Girls’ and women’s movements and advocates have powerful voices in every place they speak, and the more data and evidence they bring to the table , the more women and girls they can represent.

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#kantersea: Data, Transparency, and Measurement In Seattle

Beth Kanter

I’m in Seattle for a couple days doing a round of “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” events to talk about measurement, data, and impact, generously sponsored by Microsoft. I started the day with a “Beth, Book, and Bagels” event hosted by Pyramid Communications , followed by a lunch talk at the Microsoft Campus hosted by Microsoft Global Citizenship Team. “Is measuring data about proving it or improving it?”

Big Data and Big Benefits for YOU!

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If you didn’t get a chance to go to the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) conference in Minneapolis last month, and you were not able to attend the “Big Data” presentation that I did with two of our esteemed Target Analytics clients, Tracie Barham at San Diego Botanic Garden, and Jill Koski at Morten Arboretum, let me recount the highlights! “Big data” has been a “big topic” for quite some time now. What does big data mean?

How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

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How can advocacy make a measurable difference for your organization? And since advocacy often involves coalitions, it can be difficult to measure who owns the success—or quite possibly the failure—of initiatives. Others equate it to the number of messages sent to decision makers, or by looking at whether a policy measure either passes or fails by vote in committee or on the floor of a legislative body.

Here's 28 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Switch to EveryAction


With a dedicated email deliverability expert on staff, EveryAction releases the nonprofit industry's primary data on Nonprofit Email Deliverability each year. #4. Dig deeper by segmenting data by universe, timeframe, or source. Choose your data points, and use Report Builder to easily arrange and interpret your data. #6. Visualize your data like never before. Track ROI of a given ad campaign over time, and pull custom, robust reports to measure success. #16.

How Do You Measure Nonprofit Impact

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What’s so hard about measuring nonprofit impact? Can you really use the same criteria to measure the effectiveness of a rural food bank that works locally and an internationally renowned art museum located in a major metropolitan area? Although 85 percent of donors say they care about nonprofit performance, only 32 percent do any research before giving, only 21 percent research performance, and only 3 percent make their giving decisions based on performance data.

4 Ways Data and Analytics Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Positive ROI

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As I prepared and wrote this paper, several thoughts occurred to me about the importance of measuring ROI for nonprofit analytics projects that I thought I would highlight for you in this post. 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. Measure the success of your investments.

PCI Compliance: Is Your Website Keeping Your Constituent Data Safe?

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How private data is stored and secured has become a hot-button issue for most users today, and it is not going away. The recent news about Facebook’s use of personal information, even though it did not involve credit card data, still created headlines around the globe. A right to online data privacy is something many users now feel they are owed and have begun to expect from the organizations they do business with.

Measure what Matters


Are these the data you're looking for? Exploring what to measure is the first step on a journey to greater impact. Data evaluation Leadership Chari Smith. Founder. CRSmith Consulting. How can nonprofit organizations know what is working, what is not, and what impact they are making? They can achieve this understanding by implementing a realistic and meaningful evaluation system.

The Chicken and Egg Problem of Nonprofit Social Media Measurement


I’m reading Measuring the Networked Nonprofit now and I’m kind of obsessed with it–I can almost envision myself becoming an Excel geek. But one thing that occurs to me both as I read the book and as I compile the monthly social media reports is that being data-driven at an association/nonprofit is a lot harder than it is at a for-profit company. So if you pinned it but it wasn’t from your website, forget about getting that data from Pinterest analytics.