As scary as it seems, today’s technology allows people and organizations to share information in ways we might never have even dreamed about 30 years ago. With technology, we send and receive information in new ways – email, websites, podcasts, YouTube, TedTalks – that make us smarter, help us use resources more wisely, and improve our overall quality of life. In today’s competitive market, Non-profits must also learn how to use technology and share data to better-understand community needs, inform program design, and improve service delivery.
According to GuideStar, “data-sharing is the active exchange of information, whether between organizations or in the public domain.” Despite our fears about sharing data, non-profits have been engaging in data-sharing forever; we constantly gather (and use) information that supports the need for our services, evidence that proves what we do actually works, and program data that demonstrates our success. But technology is opening the door to sharing data at a more granular level, including client data that could be shared among multiple organizations for more effective services, and matching data across state agencies to understand the long-term outcomes for individuals and families who participated in our programs.
Join us on May 17th from 8:30 – 12:00, for Data-Sharing: Breaking Down Barriers to Transform Our Work featuring keynote address from national expert, Dennis Culhane, PhD, from the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a panel discussion on data-sharing that also features Amy Hawn Nelson from AISP, Michelle Riordan-Nold from the CT Data Collaborative, and Ron Schack, author and principal from the Charter Oak Group. Click here to register!
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