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We Need a Data Nerd

Do you love colored pens? Making to do lists? Do you like the idea of working with social service programs that help make people’s lives better? Do you have a killer work ethic, but seek a relaxed work environment?Inciter could be for you, if. . . You are described by friends and co-workers as "kick ass," in the nicest possible way. You are competent, creative, trustworthy, engaging, organized, and an all around people person. You love numbers and data, but you understand that people who provide social services don’t, and often make a mess of them. And you’d like to be the one who helps them sort it out. You are a fiend for details, enjoy entering and analyzing data, organizing minutiae and making order out of chaos. You are a juggling genius and master of...

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HIRING: DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

At Inciter, we help clients measure impact, communicate, and fundraise through research, visualization, and data systems. We’re proud of our exceptional research and evaluation expertise (to say nothing of our enthusiasm for color coding), and we use all of that to make research productive and even (dare we say) 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. We love what we do. We have a passion for data, and for making a difference. As a consulting firm, we work with clients large and small, including foundations and nonprofits. We we work with clients in many areas, including public health, education, housing, workforce development, and many others. Most (but not all) of our clients are located...

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Find Us at Inciter.io

Looking to measure your impact, communicate about it, and bolster your fundraising? We at Inciter can help you through research, visualization, and our new custom software, Incite.  Inciter’s mission is to make it easy for nonprofit organizations and government agencies to harness data and use it to communicate findings to funders, stakeholders and staff. 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 you collect the right information, at the right time, using the right tools, and turning it into powerful products that you can use to communicate about your impact, advocate for your cause, and raise funds. Enter, InciteIncite is our new cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform designed to enter, store, and create reports...

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Data. Driven.

Those are two words you may not hear together a lot. And they are two words that are the underpinning of everything we do at Inciter. What do we do? We help clients thrive by measuring your impact, which helps you better communicate your value that in turn, bolsters your fundraising. 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 know where to make improvements, show others what you’ve accomplished, and be accountable to funders. Communicate. If you want to move people, you need stories. And if you want to move skeptics, you need data....

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Enter, Inciter.

Have you ever known just what to do to make a project work, but you couldn’t find the right tools to make it happen? 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 - named Incite - to gather, manage, and report on data. Enter our company, Inciter. Inciter’s mission is to make it easy for nonprofit organizations, foundations, and government agencies to harness data and use it to communicate findings to funders, stakeholders and staff. Inciter helps clients measure impact, communicate, and fundraise through research, visualization, and data systems. 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...

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We’ve Changed Our Name! We Are Now Doing Business as Inciter

We have exciting news to share with you - we’ve changed our name! We are now doing business as Inciter. We are undertaking the same quality work, with the same great staff, and a fun new product – Incite - which means expanded opportunities for all.<  Established in 2003 as Carson Research Consulting, Inciter is still a small, woman-owned firm located in Baltimore, MD. When you work with Inciter, you continue to get a team of experienced researchers, evaluators, and custom software designers. While we are located on the East Coast, we work across the country. Inciter’s mission is to make it easy for nonprofit organizations, foundations, and government agencies to harness data and use it to communicate findings to funders, stakeholders, and staff. Inciter has the knowledge and experience to help clients do...

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Evaluating Advocacy Efforts: How Do You Measure Social Change?

Here at CRC, we're always fans of measuring the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons. And that includes measuring advocacy efforts. You may think that measuring advocacy efforts and social change movements is impossible. It's definitely true that it can be challenging to do because evaluating advocacy is very different from evaluating direct service work. The theory of change is going to be more complex, and it's harder to identify the direct links from your advocacy activities to people's responses.  Collecting information about your campaigns and activities often involves tracking web analytics and responses to mail and other campaigns directly. But before you start putting together a dashboard of your Google Analytics data, start by thinking about what you want to know and why. To really...

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We are Hiring a Research Assistant!

Do you love colored pens? Making to do lists? Do you like the idea of working with social service programs and nonprofits that help make people’s lives better? Do you have a killer work ethic, but seek a relaxed work environment? Carson Research Consulting could be for you, if. . . • You are described by friends and co-workers as "kick ass," in the nicest possible way. You are competent, creative, trustworthy, engaging, organized, and an all-around people-person.• You love Baltimore and the idea of working in and engaging Baltimore community organizations and residents.• You love numbers and data, but you understand that people who provide social services don’t, and often make a mess of them. And you’d like to be one that helps them sort it out.• You are a fiend for details, enjoy entering and...

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Design & Evaluation: Craft Clarity

by Taj This is the third and final post in a series about design thinking in evaluation. I've found that designers and evaluators grapple with similar issues, so the goal of this series is to share insights from the world of design that may help you think differently about data collection and visualization and, hopefully, start a broader conversation about what the world of social sciences can learn from the world of design. For more on this, see my earlier posts on radical collaboration and focusing on human values.  This time around we’re focusing on another key tenet in the design thinking world: crafting clarity. To craft clarity means to frame things for understanding, reduce jargon, and make your work accessible to as broad an audience as possible.  One of the...

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Need to Measure Collaboration? We’ve Got a Tool for You

Collaborating is hard; measuring collaboration doesn't always have to be. We're currently working with a client to do just that, among other things. A system-wide change initiative, located in California, this client's work is aimed at helping a large number of agencies and organizations work together to reduce domestic violence. A primary goal of the initiative is to improve the ways in which the various, diverse partners work together. Measuring this type of change can be a challenge for evaluators. So for this project, we once again turned to the Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory.  This tool, developed by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, measures 20 factors, backed by extensive research, that can help you to know whether and to what extent your collaborative is working well. It takes only about fifteen...

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