It's clear that good decisions are predicated on good data. But gathering this data and translating it into action remain key challenges for mission-driven organizations. Join Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza Labs for a discussion of the methods and technologies nonprofits use to gather community-sourced, actionable information. Have staff in the field? Use mobile devices to turn existing employees into roving data collectors. Handheld devices are revolutionizing everything from surveying vacant properties to managing voluminous human services paperwork. Using mobile data collection tools, nonprofit professionals can collect information about the communities they serve while performing their programmatic duties. New technology allows existing databases to seamlessly import this data to create a constantly-evolving glimpse into current community conditions.
1. Learn how non-profits can leverage mobile data collection and controlled crowdsourcing to generate community-contributed data
2. Learn how to use new visualization tools to turn data into actionable information
3. Understand how to motivate volunteers to participate in data creation