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“Learning Conversations”: A Strategy for Achieving High-Quality Data in Nonprofit Agencies

April 30, 2015 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , 0 Comments

In my previous post, I talked about some of the challenges of achieving high-quality data in nonprofit agencies. In this post, I am going to focus on one of the practical strategies that we use at JF&CS to attain high-quality data, which we call “Learning Conversations.” In the Department of Evaluation and Learning (DEL), we […]

Strategies for Getting Staff Excited About Data

April 7, 2015 and All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , 0 Comments

In the first guest post of our Data with Integrity blog series, Erin Harris and Jephine Ajwala of UTEC (United Teen Equality Center) in Lowell, Mass share examples of strategies and challenges in their efforts to create staff buy-in to gathering data with integrity. At UTEC (United Teen Equality Center), we work hard to ensure […]

Data with Integrity: Keeping Your Data Honest and Your Organization Whole

March 31, 2015 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , 0 Comments

Announcing the “Data with Integrity” blog series The goal of the Community Analytics and Learning team at nFocus Solutions is to support learning that creates positive social change in the youth and community-based sectors. Today, as a way of contributing to the larger conversation around how best to use data and research in creating social […]

Both Sides Now: Two Views on the Research-Practice Gap

February 17, 2015 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

In human services, the idea of bridging research and practice is, if I may quote a classic piece of art house cinema, “so hot right now.” With advocates ranging from venerable, traditionally academic corners like the Center for the Study of Social Policy to the more pop-culturally-named Moneyball for Government, efforts to bring data and […]