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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.

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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. 

Community Assessment

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

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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


Sample Outline

Living Wage, Opportunity, and Debt

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Health, Wellness, Food, Nutrition, and Obesity

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Other useful secondary data sources and national reports:

Homelessness and Public Housing Data and Reports

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Cost of Childcare & State of Preschool

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2021 Early Learning Factsheets
(Center for American Progress)
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