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Tackling Everyday Data: How Well-Designed Databases and Spreadsheets Can Help Streamline Your Work
Many nonprofits use database and spreadsheet software on a daily basis to track clients, finances, projects, and more. Although crucial, these tedious data tasks often pull staff away from their core work. Lack of time and capacity, along with poor database and dataset structures, can hinder an organization’s ability to fully analyze the data they’ve collected and draw meaningful conclusions that could improve their work.

Developing healthy data practices requires looking at datasets and databases as living, breathing reflections of real-world issues that will grow and change alongside your organization. This workshop will get you on that path by exploring basic functions in tools like Excel and Airtable that assist with basic data collection, project management, and calculating statistics.

Get started with important concepts such as:
- What’s a data roadmap and how can it help you?
- How to organize a data team to tackle the design, implementation, and maintenance of your datasets—despite your organization’s small size
- Adopting best practices in structuring and designing datasets to make them cleaner, less redundant, and more usable
- Making the most of your day-to-day spreadsheets
- Employing automation to save time and avoid excessive manual data entry
- Best practices in building simple databases and how to relate datasets to one another
- Understanding how the structure of a dataset or database can influence your effectiveness in applying insights to your work

Dec 9, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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