I was chatting with Peter Wylie the other day, which we do from time to time, since we are, after all, collaborating on a book which we hope to finish writing in the coming months. The book is about how to bring our institutions, nonprofits, development and advancement offices into the data-driven decision making age.
We got to thinking, are there any institutions (universities, or university advancement departments, or nonprofit organizations) that are shining examples of data-driven decision making? Is there anyone we can profile in the book as an exemplar?
We can name plenty of data-oriented people who are doing great work as individuals. But what about institutions or departments as a whole? Are there any that employ analytics from top to bottom? Are there any that pass all decision-making processes through a layer of data analysis (if appropriate) before the final stage is reached?
We struggled to come up with non-profit examples. Can you help? Tell us about the organization you’d nominate as data-driven — perhaps it’s your own. Be prepared to explain why. You can remain anonymous, although we would prefer to be able to identify persons and institutions by name. Email me at email@example.com.