Giving Compass’ Take:
• Gathering historical data and implementing new software can help nonprofit organizations access more funding opportunities and increase systems efficiency.
• How does nonprofit historical data impact storytelling ability?
• Here are four ways to improve your data culture.
Many nonprofits rely on their staff’s collective experience and “tribal knowledge” — undocumented information that is unavailable to those outside the organization — to keep things running smoothly. While both are invaluable, operating in such a manner tends to create gaps in actionable information.
Simply put, nonprofits need to be more efficient when capturing organizational knowledge, leveraging the experience of staff, and translating staff insights into action. How?
With software and historical data.
Data gathered from digital tools can help the organization answer the above questions and create a program for the student that both stimulates and challenges her. And just as importantly, it will enable the organization to provide customized support for all participants in the program — all the time.
Putting hours back in the day. You probably work in the social sector because you have a keen desire to help others. Spending hours each day on administrative work (like data entry) can undermine that desire, while wasting valuable time on tasks that could (and should) be automated only adds to your stress.
More funding opportunities. Historical data helps you demonstrate your organization’s impact with tangible, quantitative proof and also will help you answer two questions likely to lead to more funding opportunities: “What did we do?” and “How much did it matter?”
To ensure that your organization is taking steps to adopt a data-driven culture, a few things need to happen first:
- Find your champions. Empower your team to recommend new software that will make a difference in your organization’s culture and operations.
- Find the case management software that’s right for your organization. Before you implement any new software, do your research.
- Plan (and then plan some more). Once you’ve consulted with your team and identified the right solution, it’s time to think about logistics.
Read the full article about how data can help your nonprofit by John Manganaro at PhilanTopic.
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