Starting your data journey: Borrowing tips from tech for your non-profit data team

A team of four cartoons carry and maneuver life-size data visualizations toward a display board to view together


Do your organization’s data practices need updating, but you don’t know where to begin? Are you looking to inspire and reinvigorate your existing data team or start one from scratch? Data can seem intimidating, time-consuming and expensive, but simple, cheap and actionable solutions are out there. In this training, we'll show you there’s more that goes into your data journey than just the numbers.

We'll cover topics like:

  • How to build a data team—and how the different roles and functions work together
  • Incorporating agile methods into your data programs
  • Creating more productive and organized ways of working with your data
  • How to structure your data efforts in a way that centers the communities you’re working with
  • Finding and managing open datasets
  • Getting acquainted with open-source data tools and resources (including Carto, Airtable, and Tableau)


11:00 am–12:30 pm 

12:30 pm–1:00 pm 
Q & A



As Democratizing Data Researcher at Pratt Center, Taylor McGinnis works to expand access to public datasets and to connect organizations with the data they need to further their goals. She previously served as a software developer and technical product manager at NYC Planning Labs, where she helped to design, build, and maintain online data-sharing applications focused on city planning issues. Taylor has a Certificate in GIS & Design from Pratt Institute’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI).



24 Jun, 2021


11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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