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The IKEA Effect and the Social Sector

You worked hard to find and hire the best staff. You completely revamped your programs to make them new and innovative. You built a solid reputation within the community. And you have really great hair. Either you truly are as wonderful as you think, or, as research suggests, you may be the latest victim of the “Ikea Effect.”


Three Ways to Step Up Your Data Game

Data can help purpose-driven organizations make better decisions and achieve greater impact. This much is agreed upon. However, in a 2016 survey of nonprofit professionals conducted by EveryAction and Nonprofit Hub, only 6 percent of respondents felt their organizations were effectively using the data at their disposal. In other words, while we know data is important, we are still struggling to use it.


Data Playbook: A Measured Approach

Repair the World has one goal: to make service a defining element of American Jewish life. To achieve its mission, Repair relies on its programming to engage thousands of young adults every year in meaningful service opportunities. But the real magic of their work comes when they are able to inspire someone to go from one-time participant to serial volunteer.

So how do they accelerate this process? In a word: data.


Attracting Talent & Scaling Impact Through a Culture of Evaluation

How do you know if your organization is achieving its goals or creating impact?

Many nonprofits are evaluating their performances using data analytics, which has helped them to allocate resources and address organizational challenges. This information doesn't just help to drive better outcomes. It has the potential to help organizations strengthen credibility, become more transparent and build an action-oriented workforce.

Impact measurements offer prospective funders and partners evidence of your organization's success while verifying your organization's influence and authority in the sector.


What is the Cloud, and is it right for your organization?

By now, most in the nonprofit world are familiar with the Cloud, although many are still not taking full advantage of its numerous benefits.


No numbers without stories, no stories without numbers

 

Philanthropoids, donors and nonprofit leaders want (and use) data for different reasons. Philanthropoids and donors hope to compare options and allocate investments while nonprofit leaders hope to learn and prove impact using data. But in all cases, the data they seek needs to tell a story and have a narrative in order to provide the full power for which it is sought.


New Look, More Data at GuideStar