Let’s Talk Data Series

These trainings are designed for individuals who have no previous experience with the topic. We cover the basics and then some. Each training is spread out during a week, typically on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 1.5 – 2 hours each day. These are interactive trainings with individualized support available during and after each session. This training is available for free to partners working to address essential needs in Kent County, MI.

1. Outcomes and Indicators

A common area of struggle for nonprofits when it comes to data is how to show your impact. Want to learn what data to collect (and more importantly, what you can stop collecting)? This workshop series will help you define how your organization or program helps create change, the outcomes associated with that change, indicators to measure the change, and what to do with the data once you have it. We will walk through understanding or creating a theory of change for your organization or program, a program level logic model, selection of indicators, and data collection and analysis methods for your specific organization. Learn the concepts at a high level and get hands-on support to improve your organization’s data systems!

This training is led by our partners at Petersen Research Consultants. We hope to offering this training again in 2023.

2. Interviews and Focus Groups

Planning and conducting qualitative research can be intimidating. The interviewer has to meet real people face-to-face and figure out how to elicit answers of interest. We have to do so without being heavy-handed and without signaling disinterest in the whole person or their whole story. We will discuss how to adopt a genuinely empathetic posture and how to signal interest while keeping the conversation on track. We will offer a hands-on demonstration experience and showcase some ways to bridge qualitative and quantitative work through structured data tables in simple tools like Excel or Google Sheets.

This training is led by our partners at DataWise Consulting. We are offering this training the week of September 12, 2022 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-12:00. Register here.

3. Surveys

Are you responsible for a survey at your organization? Want to learn the fundamentals of developing and using surveys to collect data? Whether you have a survey to revise or need to create one from scratch, this training will help you with wording questions and response options, formatting print and electronic versions, and addressing issues during dissemination.

This training is led by our partners at DataWise Consulting. We are offering this training the week of October 10, 2022 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-12:00. Registration will open 4-6 weeks in advance.

4. Data Preparation

So, you have a spreadsheet of data. Perhaps your organization recently conducted a survey. Now what? Join us to learn the basics of data preparation using Microsoft Excel. During this series, you will learn to clean, transform, and start analyzing data using formulas and pivot tables. We will also introduce you to Microsoft Power Query, a free data tool for Excel. These skills may not sound glamorous, but they are essential to moving from data collection to data visualization. If you are working with data in a spreadsheet, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

This training is led by our partners at DataWise Consulting. We are offering this training the week of November 7, 2022 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-12:00. Registration will open 4-6 weeks in advance.

5. Data Visualization

Wondering which chart is going to get your point across to your audience? Stop wasting time with graphs that fail to make sense of your data, and join us for this free, three-part workshop. We believe anyone can leverage the power of data visualizations, regardless of background! On Day 1, we will cover the basics of data visualization, discuss storytelling with data, what quantities to compare in a visualization, and much more. On Day 2, we will dive deeper into best practices and talk about things to avoid to ensure the audience understands your data story. On day 3, we will explore different, accessible software options for data visualization, using Power BI and Tableau to create multiple chart types.

This training is led by our partners at DataWise Consulting. We are offering this training the week of December 5, 2022 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-12:00. Registration will open 4-6 weeks in advance.