The 2021 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) by NTEN went virtual this year with nearly 150 live, interactive sessions, thought-provoking and inspiring keynote speakers, and opportunities to connect with the community. In case you weren’t able to attend, we wanted to share a few key takeaways from the conference. Keep reading for insights from five NTC presentations.
Many social good organizations recognize the value of data and analytics, but few have experience building out an organization’s data science capacity in a way that supports all of its strategic goals.
Nonprofits looking to integrate data analysis into everyday decision making should apply critical considerations and best practices, such as:
The services that nonprofits provide are life-changing. Unfortunately, many organizations struggle to capture, interpret and utilize their life-changing data in a meaningful way. We use impact stories to apply data that validates a specific and measurable variable that has been moved by these actions. So, how do we effectively demonstrate impact?
An impact story is an authentic melding of data and empathy and can be used within an organization to prove community and participant impact. It’s the who, what, when, where and why. Start by asking yourself these questions:
Numbers don’t necessarily show or equal impact; be sure to explore and explain what the numbers really mean. Once you have your story, it’s time to leverage it. While there are several ways to use your impact story – grant applications, social media, board + funding conversations – we encourage you to take it one step further.
“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” – Audre Lorde
Until now, the way we’ve done things has been disjointed and siloed, making it difficult to turn the data that you do have into something legible because you’re not necessarily looking at the whole picture.
Explore ways to fit your impact story into the broader story and bring it outside your primary issue. It’s going to help build your partner collaboration so that you have some substance for the broader story. When funders see the whole picture, they can better understand the need for community and collaborative technology efforts.
So, how do we collaborate? Start by asking yourself:
You can’t see impact without data. The more data you have, the more data you can share, and more data means you can tell a better impact story. More collaboration means more impact – but it all starts with data. And a good tech-enabled organization will use data and technology to change lives, not just to prove their impact.
Half of all people are reporting mental health symptoms during the pandemic. Do you know how to discuss this challenging topic in a virtual world? If not, you aren’t alone. Get familiar with these tips to get started today:
Speaker Contact Details:
Dan Berstein, MHS, MH Mediate, firstname.lastname@example.org
Across the nonprofit sector, there is growing interest in pooling together data to solve shared problems. The sharing of data with partner organizations, researchers and funders has the potential to allow nonprofits greater insights and evidence that will help them achieve their shared goals.
More and more nonprofit organizations see the value in data sharing, but this is not familiar territory. There is great value in data sharing, but it requires technology and capacity considerations for effective collaboration.
Let’s get down to basics – the what, why and how of data sharing.
Data sharing is when multiple organizations pool their similar data together so that it can be used to solve a collective information deficit for those organizations contributing and the people they serve.
Problems that data sharing solves:
Speaker Contact Details:
Woodrow Rosenbaum, GivingTuesday
Jesse Bourns, Ajah
Almost 30 years into the web, organizations have radically transformed to incorporate a new digital reality. We’ve plunged into new channels (first websites and email, then social, mobile, text, ads, voice, and the beat goes on). We’ve hired digital staff and built departments (once just webmasters, now digital campaigners, content strategists, analysts and other specialists).
But what does reaching digital maturity actually look like? And how will you know when you get there?
Speaker Contact Details:
Misty McLaughlin, Cause Craft Consulting, email@example.com
Shannon Miller, Médecins Sans Frontières USA
Molly Brooksbank, Sierra Club
Tatenda Musapatike, ACRONYM
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