Most of us who work in non-profits didn’t arrive here because we’re number crunchers or because we like to produce reports. We tend to work in nonprofits because we care about people, not numbers, but we would likely agree that we want to affect positive changes in the lives of individuals and families, and make our communities better places to live. If sharing data can help us, why then, are we so afraid talk about it?
- We want to protect the confidentiality of the people we serve. Even if we are in leadership roles in our organizations, at some point we worked directly with people who were marginalized. We understand their fear and skepticism of inequitable systems that separate their families, leave their children behind, and legislate their poverty.
- We don’t know how to make it happen! Technology has evolved to enable data sharing but non-profit leaders are not necessarily consumers of advanced technology. We don’t trust technology to maintain confidentiality because we are well-aware of even corporate America’s inability to protect against breaches.
- In nonprofits, we compete for dollars, so we compete for results. Sharing data with competitors feels uncomfortable and may even feel counter to an organization’s strategic goals
Whether these barriers are real or perceived, we need to keep striving for solutions that break down these obstacles to sharing information that can improve program design, inform policy decisions, and lead to a more effective and efficient use of resources.
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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