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Data Driven Decision Making

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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Data Driven Decision Making

March 6, 2014 | 1-4 p.m.

The demand for data driven decision making is increasing as more and more foundations and government agencies are asking for outcome-focused reporting on grants. To compound this demand, community serving organizations themselves are seeing positive results from the inclusion of data driven decision making in their work.


This workshop, led by our Community Research Institute staff, will provide you with tips for doing that work effectively to meet your organization's needs and the needs of all the stakeholders involved in the work. The workshop will provide methods for working with multiple stakeholders on data collection and evaluation, ways for deciding on what type of data to collect to meet your needs, and methods for visualizing and presenting data in ways that encourage action.



Dr. Jodi Petersen is the senior researcher at the Community Research Institute at the Johnson Center. She is responsible for conducting community based research and evaluation.


She earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in crime and justice from the University of Michigan and a Master’s and Doctorate in ecological community psychology from Michigan State University. Read Jodi's full bio.



Tera Qualls is the communications manager for the Johnson Center. Tera joined the Johnson Center in Feb. 2007 as a program assistant to the Nonprofit Leadership Institute.


Tera founded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids (YNPN.GR) in 2007, and spent four years as co-chair of the board. She also served as a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network national board, on the NGen Committee for Independent Sector, the Steering Committee for The Rapidian, and as Vice President of the League of Women Voters Grand Rapids.


Tera has a Bachelors of Science degree in public and nonprofit administration from Grand Valley State University and a Masters of public administration from Grand Valley. Read Tera's full bio


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