Data & Making Better Decisions

Is your organization collecting more information than it can use? Do your staff have the tools to take data and make good decisions? Cynthia and Pieta are talking about how to make the most of the information we have.

Being a learning organization

What has your organization learned as it’s navigated the Covid pandemic? And how can you apply the best of your learning going forward? Today we’re talking about being a learning organization. What does it mean? How do we put it into practice? Why is it important – especially in times of uncertainty. Pieta Blakely 0:02What…

What can go wrong? Racial equity, dataviz, & deficit thinking

In 2019, Pieta published a blog post on data visualization that was consistent with targeted universalism. Jonathan Schwabish and Alice Feng at Urban Institute picked up on that post and cited it in their own “Do No Harm” guide. Eli found that work and was interested in applying it to his own design practice, developing…

Building feedback loops, one metric at a time

One of the tools that I use to manage my clients’ evaluations is Social Suite. It’s a powerful online tool that makes it possible to manage complicated evaluations and turn around analysis fast. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with the team at Social Suite and talk about some of the elements that…

What can a robust data system look like?

Are you tired of patching together your outcomes for the sake of another funder’s report? Would you like to get consistent reports on how well your clients are doing? Join us as we share what a robust data collection system looks like.

Accurately Measure Progress

How does your organization measure progress? Today we’re talking about measurement. Measuring for management and measurement for progress. In this episode we delve into a deep discussion on how to measure progress for good, especially in these uncertain times – how it can be used to counter a lot of fear, anxiety, uncertainty and misdirection, and how you hold yourself accountable for supporting everybody in your organization.

The New Workforce with Alicia Modestino

Is there really a shortage of workers? How has the pandemic changed workers’ attitudes to employment? And what does the new workforce look like? How can employers, especially not for profits, adjust?

Let’s talk about Structural care!

One of our most controversial shows was on structural care that was almost a year and a half ago. And it was titled I Am Mad About Self-care. we learned something. Pieta, my co-host, taught us something that day: that self-care is actually an illusion. It puts the burden of taking care of oneself on the individual, and shifts the responsibility away from employers. And as you can imagine, this is not good. So, if you’re mad about self-care, then I would recommend you stay for the next 30 minutes, as we talk about what organizations should be doing to help their employees be better.

Centering Collective Care in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Enrico Manalo

In the last few weeks, we have been talking about different kinds of care, structural care, community care, collective care, and my least favorite self-care. Well, today we’re going to talk about the relationship between some of those types of care and equity. And we’re excited to have with us a guest whose organization centers collective care.

Embedding Structural Care into Your Organization

We have talked about the importance of structural care in organizations. In this episode, we are highlighting actual structural care techniques that you can begin to embed into your organization.  So, if you have been listening to the past few weeks and have been thinking about how to embed structure structural care into your organization, join us for the next 30 minutes. 

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I help mission-based organizations measure their impact so that they can do what they do well. I started my nonprofit career as a teacher in workforce development and adult basic education. It was important work and I was worried that we didn’t really know if we were doing it well. In the process of trying to answer that question, I got a Masters in Education and a PhD in Social Policy, and became an evaluator.  |  617.480.8117


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