Reporting & Dashboards
Everyone seems to be talking about data these days. As any nonprofit will know if they’ve started down the road to being data-informed, it’s a long journey of taking baby steps, experimenting with new approaches and changing organizational culture - but it’s also one that can yield great results on both a day-to-day basis and in the longer term.
There are a lot of fancy tools out there for data analysis - some of which are extremely complex, and some of which are actually fairly simple to use and set up. If you are looking to take the next baby step along the road to using your data to make better decisions, a good place to start might be to take a second look at the good old spreadsheet. Spreadsheet programs have a lot of data analysis tools built right in, and today I want to discuss a lesser-known (in my experience) but extremely powerful feature: pivot tables!
Nonprofits track all sorts of information, from financial data like fundraising success and year-to-date spending, to data on event participation, volunteers, new supporters, and more. While it is difficult enough just to track the data, it’s much easier to understand and take action on this information if it’s pulled together with easy-to-understand visuals. With the right display, organizational metrics can be pulled out of a data-heavy realm to an organization-wide communication method that can be used for internal goal-setting, board meetings, reporting to funders, or executive decision making.
Executive dashboards can provide just that perspective. This article talks through three short case studies of how nonprofits create and use their executive dashboards.
Take control of your nonprofit’s data and communicate its value effectively
April 2, 2012
April 17, 2012
In order to stay up to date on what's going on in the world of technology - and nonprofit technology in particular - I follow quite a few blogs and twitter feeds. There's a lot of great content out there but if you don't have the time to stay on top of things (and even if you do!) it can be overwhelming. So, for those of you who have less time to do all this "listening" on nonprofit technology, I'm posting a blog each Friday with the top resources I found in the last week.
Update January 29 2013: The version of SharePoint now available through TechSoup Canada is SharePoint Server 2013.
April 6, 2011
By: Tierney Smith
Are you looking for a way to collaborate with coworkers and organize your documents? Have you heard of SharePoint and are wondering what it is and if you should use it? This article aims to de-mystify SharePoint and give you the basic details.
What’s new in Microsoft’s latest integrated-management platform
Update January 29 2013: The version of SharePoint now available through TechSoup Canada is SharePoint Server 2013.This article was adapted from TechSoup Global.
June 21, 2010