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Data Collection: Make the Case for Funding and Get It Right From Intake To Reporting

Your impact data proves your value to your funders and constituents and helps you to build the best organization possible. The actual nuts and bolts of gathering data can be difficult if you don’t build them into your program from the beginning. To help you with your data collection process, we’ve brought together three experts to explain the benefits of good data collection and demystify the process.
  • Sharon Miller, CEO of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, will illustrate the benefits that her organization has received from an emphasis on good data collection.  
  • Kate Shepherd, also from Renaissance, will explain how to incorporate data collection into your daily client support. 
  • Joyce Klein from FIELD at the Aspen Institute discusses what to do with that data when you’ve got it, and how your organization’s data can help make the case for the sector as a whole.

About the Presenters

Sharon Miller has served as the CEO of Renaissance for 18 years. Under her leadership, Renaissance grew from one center in San Francisco to four Centers throughout the Bay Area (including Bayview Hunters Point, East Palo Alto, and Richmond) and became the US SBA San Francisco Women’s Business Center. She has received numerous awards including the SBA Women’s Business Advocate of the Year.

Kate Shepherd has extensive experience managing nonprofit program data and data systems. As the Data and Evaluation Coordinator, she is currently responsible for client data collection and reporting at Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center in San Francisco, California. She previously worked with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco where she compiled and streamlined data on volunteers, as well as managed a transition to a new database.

Joyce Klein is Director of FIELD at the Aspen Institute, which advances business ownership as an economic opportunity strategy. Ms. Klein assumed the leadership of FIELD in 2012, after working as a senior consultant since the program’s inception in 1998. She is recognized as a leading expert on the field, speaking at national and regional industry conferences and being quoted in a variety of news media. Under Ms. Klein’s leadership FIELD has launched the Microfinance Impact Collaborative, helped to create the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights and the Responsible Business Lending Coalition, and launched new research into the role of platforms and networks in expanding the scale and impact of the US microenterprise field. FIELD has also expanded its work in examining the potential role of business ownership and the microenterprise field in addressing the challenges of financial inclusion, the racial wealth gap, and career development for youth.