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The New War on Social Media Vanity Metrics - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media -

The New War on Social Media Vanity Metrics - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
If you manage social media for your organization, you probably face incredible pressure to show gr...
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High level overview of outcomes based measurement for social media for nonprofits.    


The title says new war.  The idea that likes and follower counts are vanity metrics has been going on for years - but it is starting to get more mainstream attention.


The nonprofit and philanthropy community did a convening on measurement and social media about six months ago -  http://www.bethkanter.org/sm_re_notes/ generated some useful methods.

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4 Tools That Improve Your Social Media Analytics

4 Tools That Improve Your Social Media Analytics | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Here are 4 easy-to-use social media analytics tools that deliver clear insights about your business’s social media activity.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, October 16, 2013 12:27 AM

Nice summary of paid, but not expensive, tools

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Katie Delahaye Paine's Measurement Blog: A clear shift in attitudes about measuring social media

Katie Delahaye Paine's Measurement Blog: A clear shift in attitudes about measuring social media | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
When I was a reporter if you got two people to agree on something it was considered a trend. Based on three posts I read to day, I'm declaring a new trend: Organizations are beginning to understand that social media...
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New User Requested Feature: Who Retweeted That?

New User Requested Feature: Who Retweeted That? | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Reweets are one of the best indicators that your social content is resonating. But how can you know who is sharing your content? Who retweeted what?
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A Science and an art: What makes for an effective interview? | Leopold Leadership 3.0

A Science and an art: What makes for an effective interview? | Leopold Leadership 3.0 | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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Surveys are an important measurement tool that we often forget about in the shadow of analytics.

 


Kathleen Galvin, a Professor of Anthropology and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University and a Leopold Leadership Fellow, write about what makes for an effective interview. Kathleen works collaboratively with pastoralists, students, researchers, local governments, villages, and NGOs on climate adaptation in the drylands of east Africa and in northern Asia (Kenya and Mongolia in particular).


There are two different approaches


1 - Exploratory Research:  Open-ended, depth interview to learn about the topic.     These are semi-structured with a set of questions, but delivered in a conversational way.


2.  Survey Research:   Close-ended questions.





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Applied Data Science Open Online Course - iSchool - The School of Information Studies - Syracuse University

Applied Data Science Open Online Course - iSchool - The School of Information Studies - Syracuse University | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it

As the world's data grow exponentially, organizations across all sectors, including government and not-for-profit, need to understand, manage and use big, complex data sets—known as big data, a term spreading through forward-thinking business dialogue and building job market demand. Data science is the answer to optimizing (or, for starters, simply dealing with) big data. However, the iSchool’s distinct perspective approaches data science with a view of the full data life cycle, going beyond what most discuss as data analytics. iSchool Offering Open Online Course In Applied Data Science Earlier this year, the iSchool successfully ran its first introductory-level MOOC—the popular term for free, massive, open, online courses. Its next offering, called Applied Data Science: An Introduction, introduces similar content in a new format: self-guided learning. Participants will be able to work their way through the course at their own pace without the constraints of deadlines. This course is free of charge and a select number of participants will be invited to try it on October 28. Successfully completed MOOC coursework results in a certificate of completion. For more information, please complete the form below: Questions? Contact iMOOC@syr.edu.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:13 AM
A MOOC on Big Data management! Course starts on 28 October. Apply now!
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Google Analytics Customizations - Analytics Talk

Google Analytics Customizations - Analytics Talk | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Check out these Google Analytics Customizations to take your business to the next level. You'll find custom reports, dashboards, segments and code customizations.
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wow, you click on the "custom social media dashboard" and it automatically installs ...  less time fighting ga and more time on your data -

 

A Social Media Dashboard for Google Analytics – Google Analytics contains a wealth of social data. From social sources to social actions on the site. Use this dashboard to monitor all your social marketing

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Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change - FSG

Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change - FSG | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
This Learning Brief draws from literature and research, as well as more than a dozen interviews with foundation leaders, evaluation practitioners, and social sector thought leaders, with the intention of starting the conversation in the field...
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Cover three big trends in social change evaluation - data, connectivity, and developmental evaluation. http://www.bethkanter.org/?p=8370

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Authentic audiences give smaller charities an advantage on social media

Authentic audiences give smaller charities an advantage on social media | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
The 2013 Social Charity Index shows a staggering increase in social-media following – but is the sector at a tipping point?
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This is a benchmarking list of the top charities in the UK using social media.

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Data and Nonprofits - Places to look for inspiration

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List of nonprofit data blogs and resources

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Blog - NPC

Blog - NPC | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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NPC’s blog features opinion, news and debate around key issues affecting charities and funders. As well as posts by our own expert team, we feature guest bloggers from across the voluntary sector: from front-line charities to philanthropy advisors, grant-makers to government commissioners.

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Creating a strategic platform to move philanthropy forward

Creating a strategic platform to move philanthropy forward | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
I love the concept of synchronicity. The word and concept, coined by Carl Jung in the 1920s, defines that meaningful coincidence we all seem to stumble upon from time to time. And when what I’m rea...
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Guide to Twitter Analytics | Simply Measured

Guide to Twitter Analytics | Simply Measured | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Easy Social Media Measurement & Analytics
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Mari Smith - Which Facebook Metrics REALLY Matter? Check... | Facebook

Which Facebook Metrics REALLY Matter? Check out this thought-provoking article from Socialbakers.com:...
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Mari Smith discusses FB engagement metrics.

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Mari Smith - NEW Facebook Page Insights went live for all... | Facebook

NEW Facebook Page Insights went live for all Page owners today! What do you think of them so far?

Here's a look at what's changed:

➤ PTAT (people...
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Good overview of the new Facebook Insights

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Working Backwards: How to Avoid Making Measurement Unmanageable | Simply Measured

Working Backwards: How to Avoid Making Measurement Unmanageable  | Simply Measured | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
As new ways of measuring digital programs pop up every day, the data available to marketers can be absolutely overwhelming.
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The Death Of Social ROI — Companies Are Starting To Drop The Idea That They Can Track Social Media's Dollar Value

The Death Of Social ROI — Companies Are Starting To Drop The Idea That They Can Track Social Media's Dollar Value | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
The myths and realities behind ROI on social media.
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Many brands are moving away from metrics that purport to measure ROI on social media. 


They've realized that social media isn't a transactional engine or sales machine, so they're dropping half-baked indicators that gauge secondary effects, such as financial return.

Instead, the new metrics evaluate social media strategies in terms of audience-building, brand awareness, and customer relations. 



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-myth-of-social-roi-2013-10#ixzz2hNyyI7Za

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Measuring the Immeausurable: GRIT in Education

Measuring the Immeausurable: GRIT in Education | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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The program GRIT acronym stands for guts, resilience, integrity, and tenacity -- the rubric quantifies it.

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Social media monitoring tools (Infographic)

Social media monitoring tools (Infographic) | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Social media monitoring tools (Infographic) Check out this infographic featuring some of the best social media monitoring tools and more. A whopping 25 tools are mentions and broken down by category for easy reference.

Via Peter Trapasso
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Good infographic putting the tools in to different categories

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Ali Anani's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:19 AM

Well-worth your reading time

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If a Metric Changes on a Spreadsheet and No One Notices, Does it Show Impact? | NTEN

If a Metric Changes on a Spreadsheet and No One Notices, Does it Show Impact? | NTEN | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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This is the definition of being a Data-Informed organization - one that collects data that is important and more importantly actionable. 

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Evaluation Glossary

Evaluation Glossary | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Have you ever found yourself confused by inconsistent or overlapping terms in evaluation? Does one funder ask for an Outcomes Measurement Framework while another wants an Evaluation Plan?  What's t...
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There's an app for that

More thoughts here: http://www.bethkanter.org/?p=8370

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Understanding Software for Program Evaluation | Idealware

Understanding Software for Program Evaluation | Idealware | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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Useful overview of software and tools for doing program evaluation.

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Facebook Page Analyzer | LinkedIn

Facebook Page Analyzer | LinkedIn | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Learn more about the Facebook Page Analyzer and see what people in and out of your professional network have to say about it.
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The world's first charity superheroes

Introducing Data Girl & Measurement Boy! Join them at the 'Improving impact measurement & analysis' conference this October - get your early bird discount be...
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Some folks are having fun with nonprofits

https://twitter.com/BruceWayneFdn/status/374987933767319552

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