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How Can We Use Data Dashboards for Better Decision-Making?

 
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May 29th - New York City Salon - RSVP Now


Though the private sector has used dashboards for quite some time, when it comes to identifying the right data dashboards and accompanying systems for evidence-based decision-making, international development organizations often find themselves in a complicated situation.
 
Everyone has different ideas and expectations of what a dashboard is. Those at the top may push for a fancy, cutting edge technological innovation and software with lots of bells and whistles, underestimating the time and human resources required to roll it out. They may also obsess over the visual aspects at the expense of due consideration of metrics and systems and desire sophisticated business solution tools that are expensive, difficult to manage and not fit for purpose.
 
Those responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining dashboards may wonder where the data for these dashboards will come from, given that staff and partners on the ground are sometimes not collecting it. They might struggle with whether open source or off the shelf systems are the right choice in the practical sense. They may wonder what it is possible to do with minimal investment, and where is additional spending critical to stay up to date and ensure improved decisions.
  • How much should this kind of system cost, and what cost-benefit can we expect?
  • How can we manage expectations around the time and effort and pay-off that data dashboards will bring to an organization, in what time frame?
  • How can those responsible for development and managing these systems ensure that they are relevant for different internal audiences?
  • How can they be confident that the technology is appropriate for different parts of the organization?
  • How can we match the dashboard to the organization’s metrics?
  • Is it even realistic to develop and roll-up data dashboards from multiple departments and programs onto “one dashboard that rules them all”?
Please RSVP now to join these three noted experts on May 29th for a lively discussion on M&E Systems and Data Dashboards: In addition to the questions raised above, we’ll discuss:
  • What are different organizations doing and how are they approaching it? What seems to be working best in what kind of organization?
  • Why is it more difficult for non-profits and foundations to create dashboards when the private sector seems to do it effortlessly?
  • How should organizations go about tricky aspects like choosing metrics and indicators making visualization mock-ups, existence of legacy systems, and setting in place the backbone systems and data needed to support dashboards?
  • What are some ways to avoid burdening local staff and partners with all of these dashboards, especially if they are feeding into multiple systems and different donors?
  • How can organizations capture data along the way for overall evaluation? How does all of this roll up into a wider understanding of impact? How does it help us to better capture performance of the organization?
  • What steps should organizations take to move forward, in what sequence? Is there a minimum set of conditions needed to actually arrive at a dashboard?
Please RSVP now to join Technology Salon NYC for a lively discussion! For those attending, be sure to arrive 15 minutes early to clear security, get a good seat, hot coffee, and morning snacks.
 
Data Dashboards for Decision Making
9-11am, Friday May 29th, 2015
The Rockefeller Foundation
420 Fifth Avenue
New York City, NY
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About the Technology Salon


The Technology Salonâ„¢ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

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