Better Data, Better Stories: Data Strategy Series

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Date(s) - March 4, 2024 - March 25, 2024
1:00 pm - 4:15 pm


Fee: $95 (see registration instructions)
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Common Good Vermont is delighted to announce Montana Nonprofit Association’s virtual event. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Many nonprofits spend years missing opportunities because they lack compelling data to tell the story of their work. Over the course of four sessions, participants will develop their impact statements, data strategy, and supporting documentation, so they can confidently communicate the value of their work. The training takes a hand-ons approach and centers equity, efficiency and nonprofits’ core need to fund their critical work.

Audience: Nonprofit organizations, whether newborn or 100 years old who:

  • Are looking for a compelling and efficient way to communicate their impact
  • Miss funding opportunities because they lack a Logic Model, Theory of Change, or concise and compelling language to describe how their program makes a difference
  • Struggle to communicate the importance of their work, or notice staff, board and partners all talk about their impact differently
  • Have a piecemeal data strategy that does speak to overall organizational strategy
  • Collect data, but don’t use it
  • Don’t know where to start when it comes to data and evaluation

Workshop Objectives: As a participant you will…

  • Use an Impact Statement approach to clearly and succinctly communicate the critical work of your organization 
  • Create a Logic Model that serves as a programmatic roadmap and can be used when applying for funding and evaluating impact 
  • Assess your current data strategy and choose new/existing metrics that are equitable, feasible and in alignment with your Impact Statements and Logic Model 
  • Develop a plan to implement your new strategies 

March 4th | Session 1: Impact Statements for Nonprofits 

March 11th | Session 2: Create Your Aligned Logic Model

March 18th | Session 3: Plan Measurement and Data Collection

March 25th | Session 4: Implementation & Sustainability

Registration Instruction: As members of Common Good Vermont, you are eligible for member pricing at MNA’s events for yourself and your whole organization. Simply select the member rate when registering and be sure to provide your state when asked for registration to verify. No code needed!

About the Presenter: Lily Sussman

Lily is the owner and director of LAS Visions LLC. She specializes in supporting organizations to develop practical and effective data and evaluation strategies that quantify their work, demonstrate their impact, and raise awareness and funding. She has 15 years of experience working in education, public health and with nonprofits.

Lily holds a Masters of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University. Her former titles include Director of Evaluation and Learning, Epidemiologist, and Special Education Teacher. She’s involved in her community as a board member of Earth Within Girls, a Master Gardener, and a Program Co-Chair for American Evaluation Association’s Independent Consulting Group.