Nonprofit Data Needs Assessment:
There are three phases in the NDNA: Data Visioning, Data Quality Assessment + Strategy Plan, and Implementation. MRS strongly recommends completing the Data Visioning process first before moving on to the quality assessment. However, organizations may choose to do the Data Quality Assessment only if they wish.
The Data Visioning process aims to understand how staff members describe the organization’s impact and where its data fits into the picture. Through in-depth interviews and document review, MRS will identify:
What questions staff members have about their programs/departments
What data already exists within the organization that can help answer their key questions
What additional data the organization will need to address its key questions and accurately demonstrate their impact
Organizations will receive a deliverable that includes recommendations regarding how to use existing data and what additional data they should collect to strengthen their case for impact.
Part 2: Data Quality Assessment + Strategy Plan
The goal of the Data Quality Assessment + Strategy Plan is to determine if organizations have the proper processes and procedures in place to ensure high-quality data collection and analysis. The assessment will evaluate organizations along four criteria:
Using the Results
Staff Education Needs
The deliverable is a strategy plan that will cover what steps the organization can take to improve the quality of its data and boost staff comfort levels with data over time.
Part 3: Implementation
MRS is available to help organizations implement the recommendations from the Data Visioning process and the Data Quality Assessment.