While we each may lean a little bit (or a lot bit) towards more heart-centered or more cerebral in how we think and process decisions, both approaches are valid and even necessary for success with data in nonprofits. Today we talk with Blaire Hamelehle, a senior analyst and manger with a knack for “marrying quantitative and qualitative data to uncover compelling stories about our communities.” 

What You Can Do

  1. When talking about data with someone or collaborating on an analysis, understand the direction that person leans and open the door for consideration of the other side with a directed question:
    • If she is more quantitative (mind-centered) her approach, try, “So what? WHY should we care about these particular results?”
    • If he is more qualitative (heart-centered), try, “How do we KNOW that X is true?”
  2. Come with a focus on humility rather than challenge or threat.
  3. Consider the desired focus of grantors when applying. Are they more motivated by heart-centered information or mind-centered information? Then supply appropriately.

Blaire Hamelehle serves as the senior data analyst and data manager for TNTP, an education nonprofit reimagining teaching. She supports clients and teams to conduct and tell meaningful stories about research and educational evaluation efforts. She holds a masters in Public Administration from the University of Denver and a bachelors in psychology from the American University. 

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One of the activities that Blaire recommends to blend heart and mind is participatory data analysis. Take a listen to our podcast on how to implement participatory data analysis if you haven’t heard it before.



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