TSNE, TNB, and TNB Labs Super Roundtable: From Data to Decisions at Your Nonprofit
Third Sector New England (TSNE), Tech Networks of Boston (TNB), and TNB Labs (TNBL) are pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Super Roundtable, which will have an extended format and bring back Michael Johnson of UMass-Boston as the featured guest, in response to popular demand. The setting will be the at the Boston NonProfit Center, and the topic will be moving from data to decisions at your nonprofit organization.
The doors will open at 8:00 am, and a complimentary breakfast will be served. This will give all participants ample opportunity for informal professional networking before the program begins.
Here’s what Michael says about this session:
“In recent years, discussions about ‘data analytics,’ ‘big data’ and ‘performance management’ have tended to focus on organizations’ needs to collect, store, analyze, and make productive use of mostly-quantitative data to ensure that their activities are best-aligned with their missions. Without minimizing the importance of training, software and hardware selection, andorganization design, there is also a need for organizations to make the best decisions they can using all data that are available – including qualitative data that may be hard to capture in information systems.
“The goal of this Super Roundtable is to enable organizations to improve their decision-making ability. The focus will be on decision-making that is inspired by real world problems, readily available data, evidence of program characteristics and impact, and inspired by standard, commonly-taught decision models. Decision problems can address long-term, strategic concerns, as well as shorter-term tactical (occasional) and operational (frequent) concerns.
“In this Super Roundtable session, we will explore how nonprofits can make better decisions that strengthen their organizations and the communities they serve. We will provide examples of decision analytics that reflect the experiences of nonprofits, and organize an extensive hands-on session in community-focused decision-making. This will be a limited-tech (but tech-friendly) event – most of the hands-on work will require only pencil and paper, as well as enthusiasm and creativity. We hope you will leave this event with new insights and skills in empirical, evidence-based decision modeling.”