How Can Nonprofits Switch to a Data-Driven Culture?
Beth Kanter an influential writer on technology and not for profits, discusses how organisations can evolve to a data driven culture. A data-driven organisation makes use of the wealth of data at its fingertips and as a result is characterised by objective decisions based on constant monitoring and measurement. No surprises, key to the process of successful evolution is leadership.
Beth suggests four evolutionary stages of a Data-Driven Culture:
- Testing and Coordinating
- Scaling and Institutionalizing
A case study of DoSomething.Org provides and example of a not for profit exhibiting the characteristics and work habits of a data-driven organization and moving into the “Empowering Stage”.
To finish there are four tips for an organisation to make the switch to a data-driven culture:
- Start at the top
- Make the case to improve your measurement practice
- Think big, but take baby steps
- Share stories
“I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians,” – Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google