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Reporting & Dashboards

Jane vs. Tierney: Jane's review of Zoho Reports

This review is part of the Jane vs Tierney series. Find out what it's all about and check out our previous challenges on email newsletters, online event registration, document collaboration and team project management. This review is part of our fifth challenge, on dashboard tools.

Jane vs. Tierney: Dashboard Tools for Nonprofits

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.

Data analysis is for everyone! A short intro to pivot tables

 

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! 

Adventures in Executive Dashboards

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.

Demonstrating Value: Expressing Your Organization's Success

Take control of your nonprofit’s data and communicate its value effectively

By: Demonstrating Value

April 2, 2012

Collecting and Reporting on Data

By: Kevin Lo

April 17, 2012

Friday Feed - Great resources from the web - August 19, 2011

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.

Making Sense of Microsoft SharePoint 2010

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.

SharePoint 2010 for Nonprofits and Libraries

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.

By: Chris Peters

June 21, 2010

Data Warehousing For Nonprofits

By: Laura S. Quinn

October 12, 2009