Wednesday, August 13, 2014

TA: Using data to improve performance, a free report

Nonprofit Performance Management: Using Data to Measure and Improve Programs by Idealware is free to download.   This is what the org has to say about the report:
Using data to improve your programs can pose a number of challenges. You might be limited by time, budget, and staffing restraints, or unsure of how to proceed. How are successful nonprofits implementing their data practices? What software are they using? What obstacles are they facing, and how are they overcoming them?

We reached out to our network of experts and consultants for examples of organizations that were successfully using data to improve and direct their work, and talked to staffers involved with data at 10 of them. Then we analyzed the information we gathered for common themes, best practices, and any patterns that might be useful. We also asked them for advice for other organizations looking to replicate their successes and learn from their mistakes.

From those 10 organizations, we wrote up seven case studies about the different ways they were using data. This report is built around those case studies and the additional conversations we had.

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