Idealware Metrics Part Three: Making Use of Your Data

Having a great theory of change, sound metrics, and lots of data is worthless if you don't put that data to use. In this series, I've taken a look in the mirror at how Idealware figured out how to ask the right questions and hunt down the data. In this final post, I'll tell you about the next step ...
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Idealware Metrics Part Two: Hunting Down the Data

Someone once advised me, "If you're going hunting for ducks, you had better know what a duck looks like." Similarly, before you go collecting and organizing data, make sure you know what sort of data you ought to be looking for--data that aligns with your metrics. If you haven't figured that out ...
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Idealware Metrics Part One: Asking the Right Questions

A Look in the Mirror Many people would consider Idealware an expert on data maturity. Do our own practices measure up?
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Infographic: Big Data, Big Profits

We very well may be living in the golden age of marketing. Marketers everywhere have access to more information, quantifiable data, and often times, funds than ever before. Big data is responsible for empowering a true movement in the industry. Nonprofits are no different and need to know how to ...
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3 Key Questions Every Nonprofit Should Ask When Outsourcing Their Managed IT Services

Outsourcing critical processes, such as managed IT services, to specialized professionals may seem like a daunting task for your non-profit. It requires time, money and effort into finding that agency that both specializes in the needed area and will not break your budget. Outsourcing, however, ...
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The Secret to Online Communications Success: There Is No Secret

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a brand new Idealware course about online communications. We had a great team of contributors that included Laura Quinn, Debra Askanase, and Lisa Colton, but in spite of the tremendous collective experience and knowledge of this group, it felt as though ...
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Turn Your Nonprofit's Social Media “Big Data” into "Big Impact"

If you’ve read an article about big data in the last year or two, and thought “That’s too big to effect my nonprofit...” you’re missing out on a great opportunity to create positive impact. Big data is the name given to the millions of digital interactions corporations and nonprofits experience ...
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Tip of the Day: When Does an Infographic Make Sense?

Editor’s note: All this month we’re publishing tech tips for nonprofits. Keep a look out for a new tip each day and let us know what you think in the comments. -Dan 
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Nonprofit Jobs of the Future

In today's digital age, your nonprofit may be seeing hundreds if not thousands of pieces of data a day. Yet roughly 0.5 percent of digital data is being collected and analyzed. Meaning nonprofits are loosing opportunities to; make smart decisions, improve efficiency, and attract new donors and ...
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Nonprofits: Why IT and Data Need to be in Sync

Data teams and IT teams are the original partners. In the days of mainframes, those defined as guardians of digitized information were called DP (Data Processing). Today, your nonprofit could be seeing hundreds to thousands of data points daily.  There’s no denying that some of that information ...
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