The What & Why of Data Science for Not-for-Profits (Tutorial 1)

What’s “data science” about? How can it multiply impact?

This tutorial explores the rapidly evolving term “data science” (including how a modern data-savvy team operates), outlines different sources and uses of data in typical non-profit settings, and introduces two case studies.

It’s designed with a practical, next-steps focus, so the class material builds toward an exercise to begin evaluating your own organisation’s data capability.
  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Getting the most out of this course
  • Defining data science
  • Activity 1A
  • Activity 1B
  • From sanitation to saturation
  • Core talents
  • Sources & uses of data
  • Activity 2
  • Sources of data in not-for-profits
  • Hierarchy of data uses
  • Scaling the data science pyramid
  • Activity 3
  • Case studies
  • CLASSIEfier
  • TaskForce
  • Evaluate organisational readiness
  • Our transformation
  • Using the data capability framework
  • Activity 4
  • Summary
  • Review quiz
  • Course feedback
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed