From Info to Insights: Strategic Data Practices for Nonprofits
Sure, you collect data. But do you maximize your data practices to improve organizational decision making and enhance your storytelling?
Data is a critical way to communicate impact, yet many nonprofits struggle to tell a compelling and comprehensive story with quantifiable measures. When it comes time to make decisions, too often, nonprofit data is left in a folder, unexamined. Most organizations "count" things, but how relevant are the measures being collected? Can your nonprofit do more to translate the info you collect into true insights about your work?
Don't miss out on key insights buried within your data. Join Kate Bender and Julie Steenson with PorchLight Insights to learn about the three Rs of performance measures - relevance, repetition and resonance. Participants in this session will learn how to maximize the data you already have tell your organization's story and manage your operations more effectively.
Whether you're a program director seeking to enhance your effectiveness or you're a marketing professional seeking new ways to share your impact, this session is for you.
This is a program of the Effective Nonprofit Series.
Julie Steenson is co-founder of PorchLight Insights, a data and performance consulting firm based in Kansas City. Her work centers on helping organizations achieve positive and human-centered outcomes by using data. Prior to launching PorchLight Insights, Julie spent sixteen years working in local government for the City of Kansas City, Missouri in various roles. In 2011, she helped launch Kansas City's DataKC program, where she built successful data and performance systems and lead employee engagement and empowerment initiatives. Julie also served as Kansas City Parks and Recreations' Chief Financial Officer and as the city's Strategic and Capital Plan coordinator. Outside of work, Julie is an active volunteer in the Kansas City community and spends most of her free time at middle school orchestra concerts, sitting on her porch with family and friends or biking around her neighborhood. Julie is a graduate of the University of Evansville and the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Kate Bender is Co-Founder of PorchLight Insights, a data and performance consulting firm based in Kansas City, MO. Kate is dedicated to helping cities and organizations use data-driven analysis and storytelling to understand their processes and better serve their communities. Prior to launching PorchLight Insights, Kate worked for the City of Kansas City, Missouri for 15 years. She helped build the city’s data office, DataKC, and most recently served as Chief Analytics Officer. As Co-Lead for the DataKC team, Kate designed and managed the City’s KCStat public performance management system, oversaw administration of the City’s resident, employee, and business surveys, and created data stories across multiple platforms.
Kate earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She was a member of the 2013 class of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program and the 2020 class for the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and two tween/teen children.
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Wednesday Jun 14, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT
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