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Data Champions: How to Boost Data Quality at Your Nonprofit

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

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NAO Members get $25 off this webinar series by using the discount code on the Members Only Page. You must be logged in to view this page.

Your metrics aren’t nearly as useful if you’re not working with high-quality data.

In this three-part course, we’ll discuss what high-quality data looks like and walk you through how to audit your own data for quality. We’ll also talk about the important role your staff plays in ensuring you’re getting good information. Our panel of nonprofit leaders and experts will relate their experiences working with staff members to improve data collection processes, data entry practices, and data management procedures. Finally, we’ll end the course with practical steps you can take right away to significantly improve the quality of data at your organization.

Throughout the course, you will:

  • Learn about the pillars of data quality.
  • Gain a fuller picture of what it takes to manage a team of people who all handle your organization’s data.
  • Walk through the process for auditing your own organization’s data procedures.
  • Talk to experts who have built strong data cultures at their nonprofits.
  • Learn practical strategies for incentivizing the collection and management of high-quality data.
  • Discuss what motivates staff members to be rigorous in the collection and maintenance of data and why they might slip or get sloppy.
  • Find out how to start improving data quality right away.

Course Schedule

March 29: How Do You Know You’re Working with Quality Data?
During busy times, it’s easy for your staff to fall into doing “good enough” data collection and management. But sloppy or inconsistent data can do a lot of damage, especially if your organization’s leadership is relying on that data to make smart decisions about the future. In this first session, we’ll review the pillars of quality data and walk you through a quick auditing process that can help you uncover the places where your data is most vulnerable.

April 5: How to Work with Staff to Improve Data Quality—a Panel Discussion
Quality data is about your people knowing how to handle the data and caring that it’s the highest quality possible. Our panel of nonprofit leaders and data experts will discuss their experiences working with staff members to produce valuable data. They’ll discuss how to incentivize the collection and maintenance of high-quality data, how to make it easier for staff members to do data work, and how to deal with situations when staff members are unable or unwilling to handle data appropriately. Panelists will be announced soon.

April 12: The 10 Steps You Can Take Right Now to Put Your Data to Work
In this session, we’ll bring together all the information presented in the first class, and combine it with the insights from the second class, to provide you with a set of actionable tactics that will strengthen the role of data at your organization. We’ll answer questions such as: What are straightforward ways to document expectations? How can you ease the burden of data entry? What do staff members need from you to do their best data work? What processes consistently deliver high-quality data?

About the Presenter

Laura Quinn, Director of Partnerships and Knowledge, has been working in the software sector for nearly 20 years. As Idealware’s Director of Partnerships and Knowledge, she works with organizations such as the Gates Foundation, the Urban Institute, the Legal Services Corporation, the National College Access Network, and more to help nonprofit organizations understand how they can use data to improve programs and communicate their effectiveness.

Cost

$95 NAO Members

$120 Nonmembers

Individual sessions are not available.

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

REGISTER HERE

NAO Members get $25 off this webinar series by using the discount code on the Members Only Page. You must be logged in to view this page.