Author Archives: Sara Gropp

5 Steps to Create Interactive Mapping Tools

You hear us say regularly that we’re big #datanerds at Transform Consulting Group. We have many blogs with tips on using and visualizing data, including why we love interactive dashboards. Now we are taking it to the next level and sharing how to enhance your dashboard with interactive mapping functions.  We recently completed projects with…

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Update: Our Go-To Sources for Getting Data

Whether you are working on a needs assessment, evaluating a program, or starting a new project, reliable data is important to help make smart choices. In our digital age, comprehensive data is available at our fingertips. Endless search options are accessible, but it can be overwhelming.  Have you spent hours filtering through links and data…

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4 Reasons We Love Interactive Dashboards

We’ve said it in the past and we will say it again, we are proud #datanerds at Transform Consulting Group (TCG). Too often we work with clients who have data, but don’t know how to use it. Or maybe they lack a systematic approach to acquiring data or managing projects. We get it. We understand…

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3 Tips to Plan Your New Program Before You Launch It

Too often we see organizations excited about receiving a new grant or starting a new program, and they jump in head first to implementation without enough planning. In this blog, we share a program planning and evaluation tool we use called the “PDSA” framework, which stands for Plan-Do-Study-Act. Have you ever started a new project…

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Using Performance Indicators to Drive Impact

If you’re a Head Start organization, then you know there are several reports and check-ins required throughout the year. One mandatory item is to complete an annual performance indicator report (PIR) which includes a comprehensive list of data related to programs and services. After pulling together all of the information necessary, how many Head Start…

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3 Tips For Managing Program Data

 Do you have a system for effectively and efficiently storing and monitoring program data? At Transform Consulting Group, we work with many clients who are required to report on program outcomes and impact, but they often lack systematic approaches to managing their data. We know data can drive program impact (check out this blog), but…

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How A Needs Assessment Can Support Your Head Start Program

Most organizations that receive federal or state funding and even private funding are required to complete some type of needs assessment. This might be part of their grant application or annual program update. The purpose of the needs assessment (which we talk more about here and here) is to help organizations align their services to meet…

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How to Engage Diverse Stakeholders in Your Planning

When creating a strategic plan or going through any organizational planning process, who do you engage in that process for feedback? In May, we discussed the 4 Steps of Strategic Planning. Step one is collaboration – Collaborate with key stakeholders to inform the strategic planning process and create buy-in and ownership in the plan. Who…

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Putting Equitable Evaluation into Practice

Does your evaluation process accurately represent the population you serve? The marginalized and less privileged? We shared in this blog that evaluation is a process that helps organizations determine if the change that they set to accomplish actually occurred. We follow a 4-step evaluation process: (1) establish clear outcomes, (2) create or modify data tools…

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4 Steps to Create a Dashboard

In today’s information age, organizations are overwhelmed with the amount of information that they collect, track and monitor. Non-profit leaders must decipher all the data to determine what is meaningful and relevant to share with staff, funders, Boards of Directors and other community partners. A dashboard is a great tool to bring all the critical…

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