This summer we brought three youth services organizations serving the Los Angeles community—A Place Called Home, Da Vinci RISE High School and Fulfillment Fund—and special guest, Steve Ballmer, co-founder of Ballmer Group Philanthropy and former Microsoft CEO, together to discuss the importance of collecting equitable data-driven insights and working together to respond to community needs and transform the lives of children and families. This conversation revealed five practices that social good organizations and funders can implement now to collect equitable data and elevate community collaboration.
The conversation also uncovered several specific examples of how our panelist’s youth services organizations are using data to drive change, ask the right questions, and showcase continual improvement to funders.
A Place Called Home, Da Vinci RISE High School and Fulfillment Fund reinforced the importance of not only listening to their students but also using data as a form of listening, which has uncovered missing pieces and informed new programs.
Watch this clip to learn how data has driven change in each of these youth services organizations.
Each youth services organization discussed the importance of asking the right questions and adhering to equitable, culturally responsive evaluation practices that minimize trauma triggers for students while empowering them to advocate for themselves.
Watch this clip to hear the positive difference it made when Fulfillment Fund took a step back, thought through how to ask more inclusive questions and incorporated a nonbinary gender category.
Social Solutions’ CEO, Erin Mulligan Nelson, asked Steve Ballmer how social good organizations can approach using data to apply for funding that will propel their missions forward.
Watch this clip to hear Steve’s response, including why showing continuous improvement and developing community-based partnerships are key.
These nonprofit leaders and philanthropist Steve Ballmer agree that lasting operational infrastructures that support information technology are game changing in the social sector, particularly when it comes to youth services and community impact. No one organization can meet all the needs of individuals and families–we all need to work together.
To partner at the community level, organizations need to have the technology to be able to contribute and keep up. To make this a reality, social good organizations and funders must both prioritize information technology. Social good organizations need to build the cost for technology into their budget structures, funders need to invest in technology and staff in addition to programs, and both organizations and funders need to listen, ask the right questions and collaborate to empower students to reach their full potential.
Watch the entire conversation to hear more, including:
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