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The Visionary Nonprofit Part 2: Meaningful Metrics: Data and Stories That Drive Excellence (Self-Study)
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It can be persistently difficult for nonprofits to gather, interpret and make effective use of metrics and data. In addition, metrics and data alone are not enough to create a compelling picture of an effective nonprofit. Behind meaningful metrics and data are meaningful stories that provide funders, donors and stakeholders with the human side of a nonprofit’s mission. Meaningful metrics and data create strong internal benchmarks for nonprofit improvement and growth. Learn a variety of strategies and techniques to fully capture the data and stories your nonprofit needs to reach its next level of effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify essential economic, demographic and internal/external nonprofit metrics.
  • Discuss and illustrate basic data collection techniques.
  • Identify key terms and definitions used in nonprofit evaluation.
  • Link data and stories to create a compelling case for nonprofit funding.
  • Evaluate individual nonprofits for the usefulness and effectiveness of their metrics.
  • ‚ÄčSelect and discuss key metrics to explore to improve the performance of individual nonprofit organizations.

Research:

  • The Standards for Excellence®, Maryland Nonprofits
  • Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, Heather McLeod Grant and Leslie R. Crutchfield.
  • Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good, Ann Mei Chang. 
  • Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector, Kim Starkey Jonker and William F. Meehan III.
  • The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition, Steven J. Spear.

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Rob Levit, MA

Rob Levit, MA, has over twenty years’ of experience as a well-known educator in Maryland low-income schools. He focuses on designing multi-sensory programs for youth that positively address the impact of poverty on brain development. Currently, he is the executive director of Creating Communities, a nonprofit organization in Maryland that focuses on mediating the effects of poverty on the brains of children and youth in low-income schools and public housing projects using art-based activities. In addition, Rob is a dynamic trainer, facilitator, and consultant who has worked extensively with educational, corporate, and nonprofit clients on strategic planning, team development, and leadership skills. He has received strong testimonials for his work from universities, public schools, and medical centers, and has been recognized with numerous awards. Rob is a Licensed Consultant from Maryland Nonprofits’ Standards for Excellence Institute®, a Certified Trainer in Workplace Conflict Resolution from the Mediation Institute at Eckerd College, and holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.


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