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Community Data-Sharing 101 – Partner Engagement

June 6, 2016 All Articles, Communities, Community Data-Sharing 101, CSDW, Data Management, Nonprofits Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Warehousing data that has been gathered from multiple sources requires you to build a strong, individual working relationship with each organization that is holding data you want to collect. Whether you are trying to engage schools, community-based organizations, research institutions, government agencies, or all of the above, engaging partners is by far the most complex […]

Community Data-Sharing 101 – General Warehouse Design

March 21, 2016 All Articles, Communities, Community Data-Sharing 101, CSDW, Data Management, Nonprofits Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

It is easy to jump on the Collective Impact/Data-Driven Decision-Making bandwagon and just dive head-first into warehousing data. But this general, full-speed ahead approach is what has led to a situation I’ve seen in many communities all across the country: they’ve put a lot of time and effort into pulling a bunch of data together, […]

Community Data-Sharing 101 – The Importance of the Question

February 16, 2016 All Articles, Communities, Community Data-Sharing 101, CSDW, Nonprofits, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

This post is the first of a series from Dr. Alex Kolker, Community Impact Manager of United Way of the Quad Cities Area in Davenport, Iowa. Over the last three years, the Quad Cities has been using our Community Solutions Data Warehouse (CSDW) software to create a community-wide, multi-partner, multi-disciplinary data warehouse.  The project links student achievement data […]

Do Comprehensive Community Initiatives Work?

February 4, 2016 All Articles, Nonprofits, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , 0 Comments

Note: This post originally appeared on the GradNation blog. We hope that the ideas and resources here will be of use to our many clients who are participating in their own local CCIs and collective impact initiatives! Thank you to Dr. Jonathan Zaff and his team for sharing this research. — What’s the best way […]