WORKSHOPS + EVENTS
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Community Research Assistantship Final Project Presentation
FREE | April 26, 2019 | 11:30am – 1:00pm | Wishcamper Center, 133
The Data Innovation Project’s Community Research Assistantship Program matches DIP-trained graduate research assistants from the University of Southern Maine with community organizations to support their applied research and evaluation efforts.
Come hear the Community Research Assistants (CRAs) present on their projects and experiences this year! This presentation will showcase the work the CRAs did over the past year with community based organizations. Students will present findings from their projects as well as reflect on their experience in the program. The presentations will conclude with a Q&A with both students and organizations. Lunch will be provided.
Develop Surveys to Get the Data You Want
May 23, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:30am | Wishcamper Center, 211
In the age of over-surveying, it is critical to deploy surveys that are useful and targeted. Join us to learn how to design a survey that will get you the information you need. We will discuss how to establish a survey objective and sampling strategy, develop a survey collection plan, improve your response rate, and write and format effective survey questions. $30 per person.
We have a series of skills-based workshops that focus on technical solutions to building a strong data foundation. Please email Becky (email@example.com) for more information on coordinating a private or custom session for your organization.
Set The Foundation to be a Data-Informed Organization
If you are serious about being a data-informed organization, you need to have a clearly articulated theory of change. We will go over the “why’s” and “what-for’s” and help you get started creating or refining your own. Call for pricing.
Tell Compelling Stories With Your Data
Everyone has data, but it can be challenging to figure out how to use it in creative ways to show and tell stories of your success. This workshop will explore the basics of data storytelling and give you practice tips for data visualization. Call for pricing.
Make Data Work for You: Data Dashboards
Data dashboards can be a powerful tool to keep your organization data-informed and you don’t need fancy software to make one! In this workshop we will walk through the process of designing simple dashboards that can help organizations visualize program data, indicators, and other metrics. Call for pricing.
How to Develop Simple, Effective Data Collection Tools
Conducting your own program research can return robust information that directly informs and improves your program’s impact. Given the limited resources available to many nonprofits, it is critical to make your research efforts count. In this workshop you will learn how to design simple and effective interviews, focus groups, and surveys that get you the information you need. Call for pricing.
Track Your Impact: A Performance Measurement Workshop
How do you know if your organization is having its intended impact? How do you collect data to track your outcomes? What data do you already have and what do you need to collect? And, now that you have data, WHAT do you do with it? In this workshop we clarify and define the core components of a performance measurement plan. This hands-on session will guide you through the purpose and processes of developing a performance measurement approach. Call for pricing.
Our speakers series, Data Innovations, supports our vision of helping Maine nonprofits think differently about data. Twice a year, Data Innovations feature inspirational speakers from Boston and beyond to highlight innovative ideas and practices that can be implemented right here in Maine.
Past Events and Speakers
- Design Thinking in the Social Sector, a workshop with Kate Howe + Adam Burk
- Data Feminism, a talk with Catherine D’Ignazio
- How To Kickstart A Data Culture In Your Organization, a workshop with Catherine D’Ignazio
- Effective Public Engagement in the Digital Age, a workshop with Eric Gordon
- Racial Equity, Nonprofit Programming, and Implicit Bias, a lecture with Laura Ligouri
- Hands-on Approaches to Data Storytelling, a workshop with Rahul Bhargava