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How Colors Affect Conversions | Visual.ly

How Colors Affect Conversions | Visual.ly | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Color has a powerful psychological influence on the human brain. Learn how others have harnessed it and how you can do the same.
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LINEXIO's curator insight, April 7, 2013 3:15 AM

Intéressant.....

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Let’s be realistic about measuring impact

Let’s be realistic about measuring impact | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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Measuring impact is important and sometimes a buzz board.  This is very practical advice about how to do it.


 Surely measuring impact matters but we need to be realistic about the constraints. It requires a level of research expertise, commitment to longitudinal study, and allocation of resources that are typically beyond the capabilities of implementing organizations. It is crucial to identify when it makes sense to measure impacts and when it might be best to stick with outputs — especially when an organization’s control over results is limited, and causality remains poorly understood.

Overcoming these obstacles will require investors and front-line organizations to make a long-term commitment to research and collaboration. Simply repeating the mantra of measuring impact won’t get us there.


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BmoreFail Conference.avi

Baltimore tech entrepreneurs gathered Friday to celebrate failure, and the teachable moments that it can bring to start-ups.
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Failure Stories 

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Lean Impact

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In 2011, Eric Ries published The Lean Startup, which challenged startup founders to build and run their companies in a new way, maximizing customer value while minimizing wasted effort. In an industry with a 99% failure rate, The Lean Startup aimed to give startups a better chance of success and lasting growth.

Lean Impact is bringing Lean Startup principles to nonprofits and the social sector by thoughtfully adapting those principles to the unique challenges and opportunities of organizations working for the social good.

 

Why Lean for Nonprofits?

Lean principles aren’t just for startups. Lean principles are for innovators, which every nonprofit is. Lean principles are for cash-constrained organizations operating in an “environment of uncertainty”, which nonprofits do. And lean principles are for organizations determined to create the most impact possible with limited resources, which nonprofits are.

 

Lean Impact is About:
  • Figuring out what creates real impact and discarding what doesn’t
  • Shortening the time in the “create – measure – learn” cycle
  • Measuring the things that matter
  • Operating with fewer wasted resources
  • Leveraging forward-thinking technologies to achieve our goals
  • Gathering continual feedback from our community
  • Adapting funding sources to foster innovation
  • Creating a culture that sees failure as a learning that brings us closer to a solution
  • Encouraging agility in the social sector
  • Eliminating mission creep influenced by funding
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Pivot Tables: Your Tool for Exposing Miscreant Data

Pivot Tables: Your Tool for Exposing Miscreant Data | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Thank you, Ann Emery and thanks especially to the visitors of EmeryEvaluation.com. It meant a lot to be asked to do a guest blogpost because Ann's approach is practical, focused on real-world exper...
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Social influencers: Digital marketing's most overlooked and misused resource [infographic]

Social influencers: Digital marketing's most overlooked and misused resource [infographic] | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Digital marketing budgets are rising, yet many companies aren't taking advantage of the edge social influencers have on the market. Who or what is a social influencer and what can you do to connect...
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Robin Martin's comment, March 30, 2013 10:19 AM
In my opinion, this should be a "no-brainer" to businesses and marketers...but I've seen first-hand that "selling" social media, influence marketing, etc. can be like pulling teeth! I hear ya!
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mention | Your Media Monitoring Application

mention | Your Media Monitoring Application | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
mention is a media and social media monitoring tool. Create alerts and be informed about any new mentions in real-time.
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Now that Google is killing off Google Alerts, looking for a good monitoring tool that is simple and free.  Here it is.   It does keyword searches and puts them in dashboard connected to your social accounts so you can reply in real time.     Paid model includes more volume and features, but the free version should be just fine for smaller nonprofits.

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7 Step Data Cleanse: Salesforce Hygiene

CloudFixer and MCG Training have concocted a 7-Step Master Cleanse for Salesforce data that they shared via webinar on Tuesday, March 19th at 1 PM EST. Luckily,
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Excellent set of best practices for cleaning data.  It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. 

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Turning Learning into Numbers - A Learning Analytics Framework

Invited talk at SURF seminar on Learning Analytics http://www.surf-academy.nl/programma/event/?id=395

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Six Provocations for Learning Analytics

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[THIS post is a slightly edited version of an internship proposal I submitted...I'll try to update as I hear about that) Introduction With an increasing interest in ‘big data’ and business intellig...

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Nonprofits: Master "Medium Data" Before Tackling Big Data

Nonprofits: Master "Medium Data" Before Tackling Big Data | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Most charitable organizations aren't quite ready to make the leap.
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Of course, nonprofits cannot hope to magically reap the potential of medium data without some hard work. Here's what nonprofit leaders need to keep in mind:

    1. Don't freak out. Nonprofits often panic about data because they worry about revealing weaknesses or compromising their funding. Remember that data are meant to complement intuition and stories, not replace them. Information should inform, not decide.


    1. Focus on what nonprofits have in common. Nonprofits need to agree on — and then adopt — basic data standards. Every nonprofit may well be its own unique snowflake, but if we focus only on what makes us different, we'll never reap the rewards of medium data. We all must be willing to share our stories in similar language, through shared formats, and on common platforms. As part of this, nonprofits need to support the central players that are building the core information infrastructure — whether the Foundation Center (data about foundations), the Global Impact Investing Network (data on impact investing), or my own organization, GuideStar (data about individual nonprofits).



  1. Default to openness. Medium data only works if we share. Most nonprofits are simply too small to have a critical mass of data on their own. But together, we have enough data to reap immense insight and impact. There will always be data an organization should not share — but we need to switch our default from opacity to openness. Instead of opting-in to transparency when nonprofits feel like it, we should opt-out only when necessary.
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Media Impact Funders's curator insight, April 4, 2013 7:26 AM

Good counsel from Beth Kanter.

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A Conversation on Data in Homeless Services

A Conversation on Data in Homeless Services | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Homeless services is starting to adapt the use and sharing of data. HUD has now even mandated all service providers use HMIS (Homeless Management Information Systems) as a requirement to funding!
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PHILANTHROPY 2173: Connecting NGOs, Data, and Data Experts

PHILANTHROPY 2173: Connecting NGOs, Data, and Data Experts | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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Where nonprofits can find help

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The Trouble With “Failure” In the Nonprofit Sector

The Trouble With “Failure” In the Nonprofit Sector | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
This post was originally published on RodneyFoxworth.com I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at BmoreFail conference about failure and risk-taking in the nonprofit space, a critically important topic that deserves increased attention...
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The lightbulb moment for me is that we are structured as a sector to have a BUILD – MEASURE – LEARN cycle that lasts three years (sometimes longer)…the time it takes to get a grant, execute against that grant, write the grant report during and after the grant, and potentially renew.   So the underlying problem isn’t about willingness to take risk, the underlying problem is the false premise that long cycle times make sense – when in fact as a sector we need new and better solutions nearly everywhere and need to create engines of innovation to get us there.

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Ask #ECF13 What's your top tip for using data effectively for e-campaigning?

Participants of the 2013 eCampaigning Forum (ECF) share their top tips for using data effectively for e-campaigning. The annual eCampaigning Forum events bri...
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Tips from digital activists about using data effectively

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Coaching Tips for CEOs on Social

Coaching Tips for CEOs on Social | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Executives should look at specific social media as a personal toolbox for improving their practice of leadership.
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Alexandra Samuel has written an informative piece packed with advice for CEOs about using social effectively.  The tips are highly relevant for noprofit EDs and CEOs.  The tips include:


-Create a leadership dashboard

-Stay focused

-Change channels

-Join a CEO-cial Network

-Build a golf course

-Amplify your voice

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RetweetLab.com

RetweetLab.com | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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Now you can visualize your RTs and see what your best day of the week, hour of the day, length of tweet and other criteria.

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The Minimum Viable Campaign: Getting to Engagement Quicker

The Minimum Viable Campaign: Getting to Engagement Quicker | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
The ocean is in crisis, plagued by overfishing, habitat loss, and acidification, among other issues.
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Amazing description of applying lean start up - build, measure, learn

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The 5 Most Important Facebook KPIs To Optimize Your Performance

The 5 Most Important Facebook KPIs To Optimize Your Performance | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
When managing and optimizing your Facebook presence, it's very important to focus on the most important KPIs. Hence we've compiled the top 5 Facebook KPIs.
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Good for beginners

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Social Media Is NOT About Engagement

Social Media Is NOT About Engagement | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
The definition of Engagement in social media marketing is sometimes a bit cloudy. I would describe social media engagement as listening, responding and communicating with your social community. It ...
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A reminder that we have to link social media strategy and tactics to results


"Yes, you need to engage and you must always respond and build relationships. Just be sure you are engaging and building the relationships that have a chance to achieve results."

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Learning Analytics - L&D Community of Practice 2012

Learning analytics to inform learning design.

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