Tag: data


Highlights from GO Open Data Conference 2017

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May 2017

Highlights from GO Open Data Conference 2017

Over 150 people gathered in London, Ontario for the Go Open Data 2017 conference May 5 & 6. This was a cross-section of folks from government, the private sector, academia, and the nonprofit sector who all share a common interest in open data. Together, we shared a full day of learning and discussion about the potential and challenges that open data presents. Here are a few of...

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Evaluation: Expanding design learning

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Jan 2017

Evaluation: Expanding design learning

Late last fall, ONN’s evaluation project took me to the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, to present alongside Andrew Taylor, ONN’s Resident Evaluation Expert. For me, it was an important professional development opportunity (one of the seven elements of decent work) and, thinking back, it was a bit of a surreal experience. Never did I think I would be in Atlanta at...

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Clockwise starting on the left: Lynn, Kate, Ben, Kim, Liz, Zabeda, Tara, Sarah, Amisha, Cathy

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Dec 2016

Building traction and being determined for 2017: Thoughts from ONN

As a team on the go, we don’t often make the time to reflect on our work and, instead, we keep moving to the next policy file or the next project task. As I’m sure many in our network also experienced, we had full to-do lists, and lots of reacting to developments in government and more. But as we close 2016, we’re stopping for a moment...

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Developing Big Data Analysis for Public Benefit

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Jun 2016

Developing Big Data Analysis for Public Benefit

Big data is a term for “datasets whose size is beyond the ability of typical database software tools to capture, store, manage, and analyze.” [1] The world now has the capacity to use big data for a range of applications. In the nonprofit sector, as well as within government, we are in the early stages of exploring the uses of big data for our work in...

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Data-ness

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Jan 2016

Data-ness

Some years ago, Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness,” something that has the aura of truth because it just feels like the truth. When it comes to making a point, numbers have a special appeal, no doubt because they appear to offer objective neutrality. But the accumulation of numbers, the use of data, often merely approximates truth, offering “data-ness” as the numerical equivalence of truthiness....

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Unpacking Nonprofit Evaluation: Who is taking the risks and who is making the decisions?

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Dec 2015

Unpacking Nonprofit Evaluation: Who is taking the risks and who is making the decisions?

As part of the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s efforts to develop the Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy, we have been collecting feedback from people on some of the issues of concern to them and what a strategy could do to help make evaluation more useful for the sector. This blog post is the first in a series that we will share with you related to a specific...

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Building Tech Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

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Sep 2015

Building Tech Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

It’s difficult to predict the future direction of the nonprofit sector, but it seems inevitable that digital technology will play an increasingly fundamental role in how we operate. The digital sphere offers a multitude of options for reframing how we deliver services, and evaluate and share results: in short, for becoming networked nonprofits in the fullest sense. But are we ready to seize the digital...

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