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[liberationtech] Boston event: Defining Ourselves - Data Analysis within Nonprofits (6/14/2016)

Deborah Elizabeth Finn deborah_elizabeth_finn at
Mon May 2 07:10:00 PDT 2016

Dear Liberation Tech Colleagues,

Tech Networks of Boston is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a
Roundtable session on data analysis within nonprofit organizations. The
featured guests for this session will be a distinguished panel of nonprofit
data analysis professionals: Shane Culliton (Codman Square Neighborhood
Development Corporation), Annie Fletcher (St Francis House), Matan
BenYishay (Pine Street Inn), Blessing Dube (Institute for Community
Health), and Gavin O’Brien (Community Servings).

Here’s what our panelists have to say about this TNB Roundtable session:

“We’ve all heard that data can revolutionize impacts in the nonprofit world
- making nonprofits smarter, leaner, and more effective. But can these
benefits be realized without a real understanding of the proper use of this
data? Most likely not.

“The truth about data is that it only has real value if it changes the way
organizations act and think. And yet, while many nonprofits recognize that
they need a data-driven strategy to boost impact, maximize capacity, and
build better relationships, a recent study shows that more than 56% of
respondents said their nonprofits don't have any staff dedicated to data

“The availability of data by itself isn’t enough. In order to have a an
effective data strategy as a whole, nonprofits need to be able to define
the questions they’re trying to answer with data, why they’re asking those
questions, how exactly they will use the answers to become more effective,
and how the organization navigates the changes necessary to arrive at a
“data culture.” Who are the staff members that do this data work? How will
they work as part of your team? What can you expect from them and how
should you expect to support them? And who might already be using data at
your agency without being aware of it?

“This roundtable series will bring together several nonprofit data
professionals to discuss their experiences and recommendations around these
very realities.

“This session is recommended for people involved in nonprofit data analysis
as well as staff and leadership interested in bringing this culture to
their organization.”

Here's a bit more about our panelists:

Shane Culliton joined Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation in
April of 2014 as their systems and data manager.  Over the last couple of
years, he has been guiding the staff through the processes of pertinent
data capture, analysis, and impact measurement. His past positions include
project manager of the Choice Neighborhood Planning Initiative and program
manager of the Woonsocket Main Street Program at NeighborWorks Blackstone
River Valley.  He holds an undergraduate degree in International Affairs
from Northern Arizona University, and an MBA from Webster University.”

Annie Fletcher joined St. Francis House in June of 2014 as the database and
program evaluation manager.   St. Francis House is a day shelter in Boston
that provides an array of basic need services including food and clothing,
vocational rehabilitation, and permanent, supported housing for individuals
experiencing poverty and homelessness.  Annie works with other members of
the leadership team to strategically design and build data collection
methods agency-wide.  As part of her role, Annie manages data input into
the client-based ETO data collection system and analyzes information in
relation to agency goals and program key indicators.  Annie also trains
staff on database usage, protocol, and the value of program evaluation.
Annie Fletcher holds a MSW from Boston College, where she specialized in
macro practices.

Gavin O'Brien is the programs data analyst at Community Servings, an
organization that delivers medically-tailored meals to people with critical
illnesses. He manages a client database, tracks progress toward meeting
organizational goals, and reports on program outcomes. Prior to joining
Community Servings in 2014, Gavin received a Master of Public Policy from
Brandeis University and worked in state government at the Maine Ethics

Blessing Dube is a data analyst at the Institute for Community Health; a
research and evaluation nonprofit organization that utilizes participatory
research and evaluation to improve community health. She drives
quantitative solutions for multiple projects by applying statistical
modeling and optimizing processes to analyze public health data for project
implementation, research and evaluation. She believes that “data without
use is data without value,” and she is passionate about translating
effective interventions for improved healthcare delivery and outcomes.
Blessing received her BSc. in Health Education and Health Promotion from
the University of Zimbabwe and her MPH from Tulane University’s School of
Public Health.

Matan BenYishay joined Pine Street Inn Housing in September 2014 as the
data collection and reporting coordinator, and now holds the title of
administrator of systems and performance management. Pine Street Inn is
dedicated to ending homelessness by, among other things, providing
supportive housing for chronically homeless people. Matan manages data
collection and outcomes measurement for the Supportive Housing Department,
with close to 120 staff. He analyzes trends, builds reporting tools, trains
staff, and attempts to transform evaluation culture by “democratizing
data.” Prior to Pine Street Inn Housing, Matan worked for Metropolitan
Boston Housing Partnership, where he managed a longitudinal survey project
of participants who lost rental subsidies. Matan holds a B.A. from Wesleyan
University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Brandeis
University Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Please note:

1) In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session
will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service.  This will be a
professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want
to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.

2) This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations. It is not
designed to meet the needs of vendors, volunteers, students, consultants,
job-seekers, and others.

3) Priority in registration will be given to those who are employed by
nonprofit organizations that hold full membership in the Massachusetts
Nonprofit Network.

4) Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit
professionals. However, you must have a confirmed reservation in order to

5) If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register
for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a
good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the
waiting list.

We hope that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation,
in which you will be welcome to share your knowledge and experience with
your peers.

To register for this TNB Roundtable session, please follow this web link:

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn | Senior Strategist
Tech Networks of Boston
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