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Inciter | Inciter helps organizations to use data to raise awareness, raise funds, and measure impact.
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Who We Are

Inciter helps clients change the world by using data to tell the story of their impact, raise funds, and advocate for social change. We do this by helping them collect the right information, at the right time, using the right tools, and turning it into powerful products that they can use to communicate about their impact, to advocate for their cause, and to raise funds.

Established in 2003 as Carson Research Consulting, Inciter is a small, woman-owned firm located in Baltimore, MD. When you work with Inciter, you get a team of experienced researchers, evaluators, and custom software designers. While we are located on the East Coast, we work across the country.

We’re proud of our exceptional research and evaluation expertise, and even prouder of our easy to use data system that pulls it all together. And we use all of it to make research productive and—dare we say it—fun. We’re not just a bunch of number crunchers sitting behind computers ready to throw data at people and send them on their way.

What We Do

MEASURE IMPACT

Maybe you have to conduct an evaluation as part of a grant that you received. Or, perhaps your Board has been asking about results, or your staff is starting to wonder how effective a program is. No matter the reason, assessing your programs and activities can help you get more bang for your buck.

CREATE INSIGHTS

When you have the right data, in the right places, and you can bring it all together, you get powerful insights. We can assess your current data collection systems, determine the information you need to make game-changing decisions, and get your data systems to talk to each other. Bringing that data together into our reporting portal gives you the power to make all your decisions data-driven.

FUNDRAISE

Fundraising is one of the toughest responsibilities of any organization. It’s a lot of work, and it’s disheartening if you’re not seeing results. Well, we can help with that. We’ll identify the right data, so you can target your communications, figure out what works and what doesn’t, and personalize your fundraising efforts to raise more money with less effort. Then, whether you have a whole department or a single person doing the job, we can help you set and track your fundraising goals, saving you time and raising you money.

How We Do It

RESEARCH AND DATA ANALYSIS

Our team of researchers and evaluators put their love for numbers and data to work to help our clients improve their projects and programs. We have the expertise to tackle the evaluation and research projects that strike fear into the hearts of your most industrious staff members. No matter how large or small your project is, we will help your program be as effective as possible. From program evaluation design, to support for grants and proposals, surveys, focus groups, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and more, we make sure you have the data you need and know how to use it. It may seem like there’s an ocean between where you are and where you want to be, but we make the trip easy and we make the trip fun.

DATA VISUALIZATION AND MAPPING

Numbers matter, but what good are they if they can’t be easily interpreted and shared? That’s why data visualization is so important. Did you know that the brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster, and approximately 65% of the population are visual learners? (Of course we have the numbers to back us up!) Yet, we live in a data-centric world. Staff, board member, funders and more use data to make informed decisions every day. So what do we do? We make them pretty; we make them digestible; we make them make sense. We’re two parts data nerd and one part designer, using size, color and perception to create charts, dashboards, infographics and maps that are as visually appealing as they are accurate. And we make sure our clients know how to interpret their data and use it to further the goals of their organizations.

INCITE

We've been there – frustrated by data management software options because we didn't love what we saw, so we built our own custom software, called Incite. Incite is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform designed to enter and store data, and create reports for nonprofits, foundations, social service agencies, and K-12 education. Incite provides a portal accessible via desktop or mobile devices. We understand the work you do because we’ve been helping you wrangle data for over 15 years. We built Incite after extensive user testing to make sure it was easy for our clients, and because we are data geeks you know we made sure that the data stored there is as accurate as it can be, and that especially includes the reports that come out of Incite.

Get Visual with Us

Baltimore DataMind

Deforestation Report

Transportation Report Card

Fundraising Infographic

Graduate NYC! Map

Breastfeeding Infographic

Ratfographic

After School Dashboard

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Dogs We've Co-Worked With

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Costumes We've Worn

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Muffins Eaten (Unknown Time Period)

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Number of Whole Foods Stores We've Visited

Why Inciter?

If you love what you do, but not necessarily numbers, we’re here for you. We’re the data nerds you need to get you where you want to go. We’re here to help.

If you want to use data to make your organization stronger and go to the next level, we’ll get you there. Because, after all, trying to communicate the value of your work without data is like trying to row a boat without oars. Yes, you’ll stay afloat, but you’ll drift aimlessly with no way to get to your destination.

Our Skills

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Meet the Team

When you work with Inciter, you get a team of experienced evaluators and researchers with a killer work ethic who are ready to collect, organize, analyze, and report the data you need to improve your program. And if we really like you, we’ll even add infographics.

Kirk Knestis, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

and Conjuror of Causality

Jill Scheibler, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst

and Jill-of-all-Trades

Dana Ansari

Research Analyst

and Data and Tech Genie

Kevin Majoros, CPA

Controller

and Bulldozer

Ilse

Chief Wellness Officer

and Enforcer

What We’re Saying

Our Blog

  • 17 Feb When Is Building a Form the Wrong Answer?

    One of our core values here at Inciter is “Get it Done”. When our clients email us, we email them back. When they have a problem, whether it’s a messy data set or help thinking through their data strategy, we show up. So when a client that is using our data system asked me the other day to build a form for them, my first thought was, “You’ve got it!”.  I asked them what the form should look like, and thought about how it connected to the rest of their data. Not just the data in our system but all the data they collect and use. This client is part of a collaborative effort that involves many other nonprofit organizations and government agencies. They all have to work together not......

  • 03 Feb Data Maturity Part II: How Grown Up Are You?

    Data Maturity Stages In Part I of this blog series, I introduced the concept of data maturity, its importance to organizations, and steps for becoming data mature. Today, we’ll tackle the ways in which organizations can be thought of as existing in different stages of data maturity and how you may move through them. Particularly relative to reporting, knowing where you are on the data maturity scale will help you identify the right approach and the right tools to move forward.  Early Phases: Piloting and Building  Phase I: Piloting (Infancy) Your data is new and cute, but you can’t really leave it alone when you go out for dinner. You may be collecting some basic data, but you haven’t created a data strategy and made clear decisions about what you......

Our Tweets

Thinking about building your own association software? Check out this article from @westrochlil https://t.co/eBQPqstk1q

Data Monster Mashup: What to do when your data ghosts you. - https://t.co/zJJa92B1iP

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Contact Us

Have a question? Want to know more about us? On your death bed in Nigeria and need to send your funds to someone? (Wait, scratch that last one.) Reach out to us however you want. Email or Twitter is probably best, though.

ADDRESS

904 West 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

PHONE

410.366.1779

FAX

You’re kidding right?

Just email it.

E-MAIL

contact@inciter.io