Designed for you

There’s enough about data for big business out there. This podcast focuses on the small shops out to make big change.

beginner-friendly

No data experience required! We bring in the experts to share their insights in an approachable and accessible way.

actionable

Every episode includes at least one thing you can do to up your data game, no matter where you’re starting from. 

engaging, even fun!

Yes, data can be interesting and even enjoyable (gasp!). Hear how data matters to us as real people, and have fun doing it.

About the Show

Join me for a friendly chat about the power and magic of data

Archimedes may have chosen the fulcrum, but I would chose data to move our world. When we track the communication efforts we try, when we share the outcomes of interventions, when we test our assumptions about our donors, clients, and customers against the actual facts in our CRMs, we’re able to make more effective decisions. Taking evidence-based steps, and marking our progress or missteps as often as possible, helps us maximize the impact we can have on our communities and our world.

A few of my favorite episodes

Get to know me and the show, and maybe learn something new.

Introduction

Episode number 0! Why I’m doing this and what I hope you’ll gain. I believe in the power of data – do you?

Confirmation bias

We all have it. Learn how our brain reacts to data that doesn’t fit its world view – and what you can do.

Data works!

A great, real-life story of a nonprofit that went from hopeless paperwork to an analytic-driven superstar.

Data Equity

Data may not have their own biases – but how we create and use data can infuse our own biases into them.

About Your Host

I earned my PhD in epidemiology and public health from the University of Cambridge in England. Studying the risk of disease spillover from fruit bats in Ghana, West Africa, taught me firsthand how to ask impactful questions and creatively leverage limited resources to answer them. I am the founder of Merakinos, a data services and education company devoted to helping nonprofits sustainably access the analytics they need to grow and thrive.

Among other jobs, I previously worked for the Colorado Hospital Association for six years developing and eventually leading their Data Center as the Director of Analytics. I passionately believe that data can and will transform the world – and I want that power in the hands of mission-driven, life-changing organizations like yours.


Latest Episodes

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Transitioning to outcomes-based funding, data parties, and quality-of-life surveys- Let's find the keys to nonprofit excellence!
Are you ready for data? This isn’t always a question we realize we need to ask. Luckily, Cindy Eby from Results Lab is here to help us ask and answer that key question. Key Takeaways: What you can do: Evaluate your data readiness by reviewing the […]