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NDANO offers live in-person and online learning opportunities for nonprofits, often with partners. Members receive discounted rates on all NDANO events. All times are Central unless otherwise indicated.

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Nonprofit Data for Beginners, A Three-Part Course

Thursday, May 7, 2020
12:00 pm1:30 pm
Partner Webinar (Series)
Nonprofit Data for Beginners, A Three-Part Course

Presenter: Idealware
Cost: $135 Regular Price or $108 with NDANO discount code (Login to Members Only Portal for code)


Details:The term “big data” gets used (and misused) a lot, making it seem scary and expensive. But bigger isn’t always better. Gathering the right data—and knowing how to use it—is what matters. Join Idealware for Data for Beginners: Choosing Metrics, Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data for Evaluation and Storytelling, a three-week course designed to help you ask the right questions, find the data you need, and use your data to strengthen your organization.

This three-part 90 min. course takes place Thursdays, May 7-21, 12-1:30 p.m. Central Time.

Course Schedule

May 7: Asking the Right Questions
Simply collecting data is not enough. Deciding early on what you will do with that data—and why you want it in the first place—will help you to define goals and approaches. Idealware will talk through how to define your organization’s own data-based metrics strategy from the ground up.

May 14: Hunting Down the Data 
More often than not, the most useful data won’t be found already neatly laid out in a spreadsheet. You might find extremely valuable data in handwritten staff notes, in multiple software systems, or public repositories. Idealware will discuss where different data can live, which sources of data might be useful, and where and how you can collect it to be ready for analysis.

May 21: Making Use of Your Data
In the final session, Idealware will discuss the various ways you will need to manage and use the data you’ve collected. They will consider the logistics of entering, storing, and maintaining your data. Idealware will also look at how to develop an action plan that ensures your data program is useful and sustainable.

Other Info
Please register with the email address where you would like to receive the access code and dial-in information for the online seminar. All registered participants are granted access to the recordings of each session. Participants who cannot attend any of the sessions due to scheduling conflicts will still have access to the course presentation decks and handouts.

About the Presenter
Eric Leland has spent the last 15 years working with progressive organizations and businesses tackling online and offline technology challenges. Eric is a founding partner of FivePaths (, a technology firm that brings unparalleled strategic technology consulting, information architecture and web CMS and CRM platform development expertise to each project. Eric is very active in nonprofit, philanthropy and technology circles, having served as co-chair to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in San Francisco, on the National Advisory Board for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and as a member of NTEN and the Tech Underground.