Meaningful Data Collection

It is important to collect data about your programs and the impact you are having.  But what data should you collect and what will you do with it?

In this workshop, the Data You Can Use team will walk you through how to use qualitative and quantitative data to tell a meaningful story.

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  • FRI
    13 JAN
  • 09:00 AM
13 January 2023 Friday, 09:00 AM CST

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Data Can Be A Powerful Tool

There are many reasons why we collect data in the nonprofit sector:  our donors want to know about results; we want to know who are using our services and where they are from; contracting partners want to know that you are doing what they asked you to do; and did we mention that donors ask for data?  

In the end, what is the information we really want to know:  is it only about the impact our programs are having, or is there more we need to know?  Once we have collected the information, what can we do with it:  is it only for our purposes or can we use it to tell a meaningful story?

 This webinar led by Dr. Victor Amaya of Data You Can Use will help you design meaningful, helpful, and minimally intrusive data collection tools.  They will explore how to 

Decide what you want to know and why

Are you collecting the right data?  Are you asking the right questions?

Use the data in meaningful ways

Don't sit on it:  share what you have found with your constituents and with the people who have decision-making power.

Know what quality data is

Collecting data for data's sake is overwhelming and mind-numbing.

Review your programs

The data can be a helpful tool to let you know if your programs really have impact, and if there is still a need for them.

What don't you need to do?

A lot of data is already out there.  Find it, use it.  You don't have to reinvent that wheel.


Dr. Amaya leads DYCU’s strategy and operations with a goal of helping the organization drive impact to improve conditions in the community. He is a veteran educator, instructional coach, and school leader, with a focus on success measures and impact. Before joining Data You Can Use, he led the Impact Department and served as the Interim Executive Director at City Year Milwaukee, the local affiliate of a national education non-profit.

 Dr. Amaya was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and immigrated to Milwaukee when he was twelve. He is a MPS graduate of Riverside University High School and earned his BA in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He earned a MS in Administrative Leadership, a Director of Curriculum and Instruction license, and a District Superintendent’s license and a Doctorate in Leadership in the Advancement of Learning from Cardinal Stritch University.

Data You Can Use is a diverse group of local professionals who help people access data and make it useful in improving community conditions. They help connect people who need data to people who have data and assist in accessing, analyzing, translating, interpreting and presenting data. DYCU subscribes to the principles of the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership works to democratize data by building local capacity, sharing best practices and helping users sort through the data to surface, explain and address issues of concern. Click here to learn more about Data You Can Use.

Dr. Victor Amaya
President & Executive Director, Data You Can Use

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