Data: A Gift That Keeps On Giving by Melinda Butsch Kovacic, MPH, PHD and T...

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Common Good Espresso Cohort

In his 1934 poem “The Rock” T.S. Eliot asked: "Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in the information? We might continue this poem by asking: “What is the meaning of the data that we seem to swim in?” We all use data and analytics in some measure in our every day lives. Yet, do we really understand how we might access and apply data in more effective ways to, for example, guide our strategic planning and decision-making. You may have asked these questions at some point: Am I using the data I have to its fullest advantage?, How much do I really know about my donor’s relationship with our mission?, Should I be doing more with the data we have? What data will help us build community and how? Through this espresso cohort, we will learn about the following tension maps and you will walk away at the end of our sessions with customized templates for you and your organization to use. Melinda Butsch Kovacic, MPH, PHD and Theresa Baker, MS of Ignite Partnerships, a women-owned data consultancy group will be your guides for this espresso cohort.

  • Outputs & Outcomes (consequence over time);
  • Evaluation (Measures Progress) & Research (New Knowledge);
  • Qualitative (context) & Quantitative (hard numbers);
  • Passive Collection (systematic) & Active Collection (people-driven);
  • Paper Data Collection & Electronic Data Collection;
  • Expert-led (controlled) & Client/citizen-led (capacity-building);
  • Standard Questions/Tools & Customized Questions/Tools.

Schedule: Monday, November 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT for 75 minutes.

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