Measuring SES series: Income, need, and living wages

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on socio-economic status (SES). SES is usually understood to be a combination of three things: income, education, and occupation. There are multiple reasons why we might ask such as establishing need, making sure that we are reaching the population that needs our services, or making sure…

A unique approach to an annual appeal with Ann O’Brien

Extraordinary times call for creative approaches to getting your message out. This fall, we were joined by Chris Lysy to talk about unconventional communication. We learned how effective pictures can be.

Joy and resilience

In stressful and uncertain times, we don’t often emphasize joy. But this week, Thaddeus Miles joined us to talk about joy as an act of resistance, a way of claiming our agency, and a source of resilience.

Measuring socio-economic status

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on gathering race and ethnicity data on a survey or form. One of my readers commented that socio-economic status (SES) was also important and related. A very good point. SES intersects with other social constructs such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and…

And if you don’t know, now you know

Ever feel like you’re reinventing the wheel? Is your team duplicating efforts? re-writing the same text? wasting time and energy because they don’t have effective ways of sharing information? Can you tell I have some stories? And working from home has made everything harder. So I invited my friend, research librarian and informaticist Matt Von…

Where do we go now?

Many leaders are struggling to adapt the methods we have always used to such a strange and unsettled time. When multiple variables are changing, some of us are finding that our usual methods of leading, planning, and evaluating our success don’t apply.

Race and ethnicity: Collecting demographic data in a survey

There are multiple reasons why you might want to collect race/ethnic data on a survey and each of those reasons will have different implications for what you ask and how. In this post, I will clarify the different purposes that might be served by asking about race/ethnicity and provide some suggestions for creating a question…

Is your organization ready to adapt?

Right now, mission-based organizations are finding themselves adapting and innovating at record speed. Some are struggling. Dr. Tanya Hills takes us through the science of adaptation and what it really takes to change and innovate.

Leading and reading: Some of our favorite books

Cynthia, Rebecca, and I are constantly recommending books to each other. And sometimes we get asked what books we use in our work. So, last week on Coffee Time, we shared some of our favorites.

Unconventional communication with Chris Lysy

The last few years have seen more and more elaborate forms of visual communication. But more complex is not always better. Last week on Coffee Time, Chris Lysy joined us to talk about keeping the human element in our communications. Chris is a freelance designer and evaluator who supports all sorts of digital projects and…