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Videoconference Room, The NonProfit Center

Third Sector New England

89 South Street

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Tech Networks of Boston (also known as "TNB") hosts Roundtable sessions every other Friday afternoon; these are informal discussions and presentations, on a wide range of topics of interest to TNB's staff, nonprofit clients, and friends.

We hope that you will join us on October 10th, when our featured guest will be Michael Johnson. The topic will be "What nonprofits need to know about data and analytics." Third Sector New England has graciously offered to act as co-host for this session, and we will therefore be meeting in the video conference room of their NonProfit Center.


Here’s what Michael says about the session:

"‘Big data’ and ‘analytics’ have received a lot of attention over the past few years. With companies slicing and dicing data to predict what you will buy, and government using ‘metadata’ to track our relationships in the name of national security, we have become familiar, whether we want to or not, with the role that computerized data about us, our communities and our organizations can play in daily life. What does this have to do with nonprofits, especially smaller, community-focused nonprofits, where ‘big data’ may mean client lists with hundreds of names, and ‘analytics’ may mean guessing whether a fundraising appeal is likely to be successful?

"In this session, I will introduce the ‘big data’ and ‘analytics’ movements, and discuss how they can, and are, affecting the ways that nonprofits understand their own organizations, the services they provide and the communities they serve. I will emphasize the importance of clarifying what an organization can measure to help it better achieve its mission; sources of free data, and low-cost tools to analyze those data; using data to confirm what we know, don’t know and want to know about our own organizations, and the roles that consultants and researchers can play in helping nonprofits get the most out of their own data. I welcome questions, concerns, horror stories and best practices regarding data and analytics in the nonprofit sector."

Here's a little bit about Michael himself:

Michael Johnson is an associate professor in the department of Public Policy and Public Affairs in the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston. Michael’s primary interests are in quantitative models and methods to assist community-focused nonprofits in making better decisions regarding service provision, stakeholder values identification, facility location and any other challenging problems that require making choices using best evidence. He teaches courses in research methods and geographic information systems as well as graduate-level community engagement projects.

Michael’s training is in operations research, an applied engineering field. His entire academic career has been spent in departments and schools of public policy (he has short stints as consultant and software developer, which was a big motivation to becoming a professor). He served on the board of an all-volunteer neighborhood community development corporation while living in Pittsburgh. He has experience in community planning and needs assessment. In true academic tradition, he fancies himself an expert in housing and community development without ever having bought or rehabbed a single unit of housing as part of his work.

Please note that session will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service. The TNB Roundtable series is an educational opportunity for nonprofit professionals to learn along with their peers from other organizations.

We hope that you can join us for a lively conversation! Please respond to this invitation, to let us know whether you'll be attending. We are running a very popular series and have to track the head count carefully, so a definite YES or NO is real help to us.

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn | Senior Strategist
Tech Networks of Boston
1 Wadleigh Place | South Boston, MA 02127
617.504.8188 | 888.527.9333 Fax
deborah@techboston.com | techboston.com

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Third Sector New England

89 South Street

Boston, MA 02111

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