Effective Data Research
Our team is experienced in supporting a data-driven approach to organizational growth, expansion and relevance, better positioning our clients to overcome challenges, improve strategies and reap better results in a changing environment.
Our team has worked with national, regional and state programs that are required to be “data rich,” but for the most part are “information poor.” There are, however, alternatives to the many challenges associated with data rich, information poor programs. Some of these challenges include: data that is siloed in multiple departments, limiting cross-functional access to data and sources, difficulties in performing analysis and lengthy delays inherent in analytic systems.
Our staff will support programs in:
Moving beyond a focus on data generated by a single person or division
Achieving better results regardless of a program’s resources, structure or size
Sharing relevant information in today’s data-centric environment
Recent nonprofit research trainings conducted include the following:
How to obtain actionable data while using valid and reliable instruments
Utilization of data for decision making
Developing key questions to conduct focus groups, parents/family surveys and ongoing monitoring,
Understanding the appropriate research methodology to complete qualitative research
Developing program goals based on community assessment findings
Displaying data findings in a clear, easy-to-understand and interactive way.
In addition to conducting research and facilitating training, our team offers a user-friendly list of resources and data analysis tools that help nonprofit programs, government entities and educators improve their primary and secondary research to comply with program requirements and develop better strategies to reach their program goals.
In order to help you with your research needs, mano-Y-ola is offering the following resources and website links. Let us know how we can help by contacting us.
U.S. Census Data Tables
Sample Secondary Data Sources
Collecting primary data is crucial to any research project, especially for a Head Start Community Assessment. Below are surveys used to assess the strengths and needs of Head Start / Early Head Start / Migrant Head Start children and families as reported by parents and community leaders.
Surveys available in Spanish, Creole, and Arabic
Living Wage, Opportunity, and Debt
Debt in America: an Interactive Map
Health, Wellness, Food, Nutrition, and Obesity
Other useful secondary data sources and national reports:
Homelessness and Public Housing Data and Reports
Cost of Childcare & State of Preschool