Data Orchard‘s data maturity framework outlines and benchmarks the various factors that contribute to an organization’s capacity to use data, including the uses of data, the data itself, analysis, leadership, culture, tools, and skills. Non-profits can then self-assess against each theme and determine what stage in the journey of data maturity that they are on for each theme: unaware, emerging, learning, developing, mastering.
The ability to evaluate the individual elements of data maturity provides a potentially powerful tool to help non-profits take a strategic approach to address challenges and building capacity.
The three focus areas of our research and engagement in data maturity are:
Commitment on all organizational levels to data literacy and engagement for service delivery, evaluation, decision making, and security. Ongoing investment, from funding bodies, for staff and volunteer training to ensure data competency. Maximizing expert partners in the community as a resource, requiring common language and established partnerships or infrastructure supporting these skilled partnerships towards data collaboration.