Data Practices

Understanding your audience is key to increasing response rates

How to Increase Response Rates with These Expert Tips: 2024 Blog Series

This year, REC blogs will focus on how to increase response rates. In the past, we explored Data Collection Methods and Collecting Quality Data, but how do you make sure you are capturing data that truly reflects the experiences of the people you serve? This blog series will describe how to reach your target audience, […]

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Data Collection in Practice: A Non-profit Case Study

Data Collection in Practice: A Non-profit Case Study

Since there are many different data collection methods, selecting the best method is an important step when creating an evaluation plan. However, there are no clear cut “right” methods. While our past posts have presented four data collection methods and the pros and cons of each, this blog will follow a fictional non-profit, Organization X,

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Understand the 5 common data myths to improve your organization's data decision-making

5 Common Data Myths

Becoming a data-driven organization is an exciting opportunity for your organization to improve its operations and functionality. However, some data myths can skew results, impact conclusions, and interfere with next steps for your organization. Understanding these data myths can help ensure you are making data-informed decisions. Here is a breakdown of the common data myths:

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What is Quantitative and Qualitative Data?

Two Types of Data When people discuss data, they typically describe it as either quantitative or qualitative. Yet, what is quantitative data? What is qualitative data? How are these two types of data different? Is one type of data better to use than the other? Why should this topic matter to purpose-driven organizations? This blog

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Quality Collection Puzzle Pieces

Collecting Quality Data – 4 Questions

So you are excited to begin collecting quality data for your organization. That’s great! The information you collect has the power to demonstrate your impact, inform decisions, and improve your programs. Yet, what do you need to ask yourself before you get started? There are a number of methods to collect quality data. Some data

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Identifying Quality Information in a Quantity World

When I first began college, I thought that most of the information I found online was credible – especially when the author described findings from a research study. I assumed that if something were presented in the media using phrases like “researchers report that…” or “study finds that…”, it was true. What I learned over

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