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TNB Roundtable: What nonprofits need to know about data and analytics

Tech Networks of Boston

Friday, September 12, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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TNB Roundtable: What nonprofits need to know about data and analytics
This event is for nonprofit professionals. It is free of charge, but you must have an advance reservation to attend. We urge you to give us a definite "YES" or "NO" response. If your response is "MAYBE" or "UNDECIDED," then you will be added to the waiting list.
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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 September 12th, when our featured guest will be Michael Johnson.  The topic will be "What nonprofits need to know about data and analytics."

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 |  


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When & Where

Seccomb Room, Crittenton Women's Union, 3rd Floor
1 Washington Mall
Boston, MA 02108

Friday, September 12, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Tech Networks of Boston

Tech Networks of Boston helps mission-based organizations in Greater Boston enhance their effective use of information technology. Our services include IT strategic planning and assessment services, IT services management, project management, data integration, software development, web design, systems engineering, training, deskside support, and 24/7 support services including end-user support, remote server monitoring and emergency onsite service.

In addition to providing IT Services, Tech Networks of Boston engages with nonprofits in the Boston area. Our initiatives include our Roundtable events and our IT Community of Practice. These groups provide nonprofit professionals and consultants with networking and professional development opportunities.

TNB is also a leader in service to the community. We contribute financially and through hands-on work. Our partnerships include talent development with the Shriver Job Corps, protecting our climate with the Climate Action Business Association, and promoting nonprofit fundraisers through our Boston Charity Events newsletter and website. Participating generously and responsibly in our local, business, client and world communities are a core value of TNB.

Tech Networks of Boston is a Massachusetts Benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation, underlining our commitment to serving triple bottom line values of "People, Planet, and Profit". Our mission is to enable organizations to use innovative and effective tools to serve human needs.

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