Data Gathering & Trend Analysis

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.  Visit them here.

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The National Center for Health Statistics’ website, a rich source of information about America’s health. As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, we compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. We are a unique public resource for health information – a critical element of public health and health policy.  Visit us here.

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The purpose of the National Center for Education Statistics’ website is to provide clear, complete information about NCES’ mission and activities, and to serve the research, education and other interested communities.  Learn more on their website.

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Access information and statistics about the country and its people at the US Census website.

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United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.  Visit their website to learn more.

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Measurement Tools

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.

Enter a search query you wish to monitor. You will see a preview of the type of results you’ll receive. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:

  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams

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Google Analytics is the enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way. With Google Analytics, you’re more prepared to write better-targeted ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives and create higher converting websites.  Get started here.

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Conduct, manage and analyze research at SurveryMonkey.

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Tools for Nonprofit Planning

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence was established in 1999 through the work of many. Chief among them was the Donors Forum of Kentuckiana, Metro United Way, and Metro Louisville.

It was clear that the greater Louisville region of nonprofits needed a central point to access information, best practices, professional development, and hands-on consultation to help our sector reach its individual and collective aspirations. Nearly a decade later, our staff, board, and volunteers, continue to dream big and toil hard to provide that and bring our vision for a community that is vibrant, diverse, and compassionate into reality.  Visit us here.

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Centerpoint for Leaders is a unique resource created by and for people who lead nonprofit organizations and community initiatives.  Visit them here.

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What is Charting Impact?  At the heart of Charting Impact are five deceptively simple questions that require reflection, encourage learning, and promote communication about what really matters – results.   Learn more here.

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Useful Additional Resources

This assessment tool can be used to get a reasonable impression of the quality of the most important practices in your nonprofit.  Access it here.

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CNPE’s Nonprofit Organizational Self-Assessment (OSA) is an online tool to help you better understand your organization’s operational strengths and weaknesses in eleven categories.  Learn more on their website.

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Utilize this performance assessment tool, here.

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The Lessons Learned Toolsite is a comprehensive compendium of planning advice from a variety of professional arts consultants, many of whom were associated with the NEA Advancement Program of 1980 -1996. The NEA launched a new era in grantmaking when it undertook the novel task of offering management assistance in addition to grant funds. Since then, “planning” grants and consultancy programs have become a mainstay in programs of support offered by many foundations and local funding agencies aiming to sustain and advance their local and regional cultural systems.  To learn more visit their website.

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