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Nonprofits & Data: When Data is Everywhere, Where Do You Start?

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Data visualizations, open data, aggregation, infographics, data stories... It seems we're all supposed to be doing amazing things with our data these days. But getting there still seems hard.

In this session we'll start at the beginning by defining data. We'll explore the many different types of data that your organization likely consumes and produces - from financial data to program data to issue research data. We'll learn how different types of data are, can, and should be used differently to support your organizational goals.

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Nonprofits & Data: When Data is Everywhere, Where Do You Start?

  1. 1. WHEN DATA IS EVERYWHERE, WHERE DO YOU START?Kurt Voelker, Forum One Communications @kvoelker @forumone
  2. 2. TODAY’S TALK• Why? The Data Imperative • What? 3 Data Pillars • How Data? 3 Ways to Put Data to Work • Get Going! A Data Starter Kit
  3. 3. WHY? THE DATA IMPERATIVE
  4. 4. You Have Lots of Data
  5. 5. TODAY DATA MATTERS Accountability Transparency Collaboration Policy Decisions Public Opinion Media Attention
  6. 6. None of us will solve theproblems we are working onby ourselves. Increased distribution of yourdata accelerates the pace ofchange.
  7. 7. WHAT: 3 NONPROFIT DATA PILLARS Finance Projects Outcomes Research Analysis
  8. 8. FINANCIAL DATA
  9. 9. We can make smarter businessdecisions with or financial data.
  10. 10. PROJECTS OUTCOME DATA
  11. 11. We can use project outcomedata to understand our ownwork better.
  12. 12. We can use project outcomedata to promote our success.
  13. 13. We can use project outcomedata to inform our sector.
  14. 14. http://hornofafrica.ngoaidmap.org/
  15. 15. http://haiti.ngoaidmap.org/
  16. 16. http://preparednes.interaction.org
  17. 17. RESEARCH ANALYSIS DATA
  18. 18. We can tell our stories with ourresearch data.
  19. 19. So, what’s the tweetable version?
  20. 20. Despite financial and demographicchallenges, some school districts are succeeding.
  21. 21. We can inform decisions withour research data.
  22. 22. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/
  23. 23. We can solve problems with ourresearch data.
  24. 24. HOW? 3 WAYS TO PUT YOUR DATA TO WORK
  25. 25. 1. TELL A STORY
  26. 26. 2. ENRICH IT WITH INTERACTION
  27. 27. 3. DISTRIBUTE IT, OPENLY
  28. 28. 9 PRINCIPLES FOR OPEN DATA1.  Complete 6.  Non-discriminatory 2.  Primary 7.  Non-proprietary 3.  Timely 8.  License-free 4.  Accessible 9.  Permanent 5.  Machine processable
  29. 29. /DATA STARTER KIT
  30. 30. www.mywebsite.org/about www.mywebsite.org/publications www.mywebsite.org/programs www.mywebsite.org/blog
  31. 31. www.mywebsite.org/about www.mywebsite.org/publications www.mywebsite.org/programs www.mywebsite.org/blog www.mywebsite.org/data
  32. 32. SO WHAT DOES MY /DATA HAVE IN IT?
  33. 33. SIMPLE USAGE INSTRUCTIONS Encouraging Words Restrictions Terms
  34. 34. A CATALOGUEConsolidated List of Available Data Sets Searchable Filterable HINT: Start small
  35. 35. SELECT HIGH VALUE DATAFeatured data sets, viz, charts, or apps
  36. 36. DEVELOPER/RESEARCHER INSTRUCTIONS How to access Words of Encouragement Available tools Links to what others have doneHINT: Don’t worry if you don’t have a big rich API, get the enouraging words up there.
  37. 37. SUMMING UP• Why? To Accelerate Change • What? Finance, Projects, Research • How Data? Stories, Tools, Distribution • Get Going! Start Today on your own /data
  38. 38. THANKS!@kvoelker@forumone

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