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Understanding Program Data and Results: What Can the Past Teach Us About the Future? (FREE)

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This event is produced in partnership with Idealware. Registration is through the Idealware website.


Gathering, managing, and applying program data to make decisions is becoming increasingly important for every nonprofit. Join Idealware’s expert community for a panel discussion that looks at how the data landscape has changed over the past 10 years and what we can expect in the future. Are the public and funders likely to expect more from you? Will they support an increase in program data collection and analysis? Or are they likely to lower their expectations due to the cost and difficulty of developing a thorough and meaningful outcomes measurement program? What does any of this mean for what you should do as a nonprofit with limited resources?

About the Presenters

Laura Quinn, Director of Partnerships and Knowledge, Idealware. Laura has worked in the technology field for nearly 20 years. As Idealware’s Director of Partnerships and Knowledge, she partners with Idealware staff and a diverse range of organizations to develop high quality information resources for nonprofits. Laura has worked with numerous foundations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, and the Legal Services Corporation to gain a deeper understanding of the technology needs in the nonprofit sector, review technology grant proposals, and conduct research to advance technology knowledge in the nonprofit sphere. She has also selected software, designed interfaces, and conducted user research for multimillion dollar software and website implementations with such companies as Accenture and iXL. Laura is a frequent speaker and writer on nonprofit technology topics for Markets for Good, TAG, the Grant Managers Network, and NTEN.

Andy Means. Andrew Means is Associate Director of the Center for Data Science & Public Policy at the University of Chicago and Founder of Data Analysts for Social Good and The Impact Lab. Prior to joining the University, Andrew worked as Manager, Impact Measurement & Data Storytelling at Groupon and Director of Research & Analytics at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago and is a trained Six Sigma Green Belt from Motorola. Andrew is Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Supply and a member of the Board of Directors at MHA Labs. He also sits on the Associate Board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Recently, The Chronicle of Philanthropy named him one of 8 leaders to watch in 2014.

Mariana A. Preciado, Ph.D. Mariana Preciado is the Director of Research & Evaluation at CollegeSpring. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Measurement and Analysis from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mariana’s research has been funded by multiple organizations including the National Science Foundation. At CollegeSpring, she uses her research background and scientific tools to enhance efficiency and reach of CollegeSpring’s programs.

Mary K. Winkler. Mary Kopczynski Winkler is a senior research associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. Since coming to Urban in 1995, she has been actively involved in various projects focused on strategic planning and assistance in the development of performance measurement systems for government agencies and nonprofit programs. Kopczynski Winkler has nearly 20 years of research and management experience on projects for federal, state, and local government, as well as the nonprofit sector. These projects cover a broad range of policy areas, including adolescents, at-risk youth, education reform and federal policy, performance measurement, and public management.



This event is produced in partnership with Idealware. Registration is through the Idealware website.