Expert Snapshots for March

Expert SnapshotsAt VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Check back every month for snapshots of what experts in the field are talking about.

This month we are focusing on data and measurement.

Data Informed vs. Data Driven | Beth Kanter

Drawing from content in her book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” Beth Kanter explains the difference between these two types of relationships organizations can have with data, and why being data informed is better.

Data Privacy and Public Trust | Philanthropy 2173

Lucy Bernholz asks the question: shouldn’t nonprofits be responsible for what they do with their constituent’s personal data? What sort of regulation is needed to make sure the data collected by nonprofits is used solely for social good purposes?

Sharing a Cause and Data Across Multiple Orgs | NTEN

Repurposed from the quarterly journal NTEN:Change, this guest article from Rachel Weidinger of Upwell explains how that organizations has worked to make its data more shareable, thus increasing the potential for collaboration and impact.

Dive Deeper into Facebook Page Insights | Socialbrite

Because a major source of nonprofit data is now the social media world, here is a great post by expert John Haydon about how nonprofits can make the most of the data provided in Facebook Page Insights.

Nonprofit Data and the Arc of History | Markets for Good

Markets for Good is an initiative to discover how the social sector can better use and share information to improve outcomes and change lives. Naturally, the topic of data comes up a lot. In this blog post, Darin McKeever, who is a deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation leading the foundation’s Charitable Sector work reminds us that discussions around nonprofit data are nothing new. He highlights a few of the initiatives currently at work in the field, and ponders whether we should support them, or challenge the sector to come up with something better.