Capacity Builders Session: Using Predictive Analytics & Machine Learning to Improve Social Sector Outcomes

GWP Public Program
Thursday, January 10, 2019
9:00am to 2:00pm EST
Covestro BrightSpace
Energy Innovation Center
1435 Bedford Avenue Pittsburgh
PA 15219
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What does precision analytics have to say about nonprofit effectiveness?  Using machine learning and big data from nonprofit IRS 990’s, foundation and other charitable giving, zip code level economic data, and population demographics, we can predict, among other things, which nonprofits will be financially healthy and why. Join us for a workshop with Pete York, evaluation expert and data scientist, who will share how these methods can help program officers, leaders and managers discover precisely what works, for whom and to use on-demand insights to achieve better outcomes.    

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About our Presenter:  

Peter York is Principal at BCT Partners. He has over 20 years of experience as a consultant and researcher in the evaluation and nonprofit fields, as well as a national spokesperson for social impact and impact measurement issues. He has spent the last seven years developing analytic techniques that leverage machine learning algorithms and big data to create predictive, prescriptive and rigorous evaluation models and tools for social change agents in many fields. York recently co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the journal Children and Youth Services Review, entitled, "Predictive and prescriptive analytics, machine learning and child welfare risk assessment: The Broward County experience." He also co-authored a book chapter, “The Application of Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning to Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: The Florida Experience.” He has designed and led numerous research and evaluation studies with private philanthropies, corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. He has authored book chapters, academic and professional articles, and a book on the topic of evaluation – “Funder's Guide to Evaluation: Leveraging Evaluation to Improve Nonprofit Effectiveness”. He is a popular speaker on evaluation, capacity building and data science/analytics, presenting regularly at national and regional conferences throughout the U.S. He was the principal designer of nationally-recognized assessment tools and automated, data-driven evaluation tools like the  Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT)the Service Enterprise Diagnostic (SED), the impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT), and the Youth Development impact Learning System (YDiLS). Mr. York has served as an advisor, member or board member of social impact groups such as the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, Reimagining Service/Presidio InstituteData Analyst for Social Good, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and the Social Innovation Fund. York has recently become a Leap Ambassador, a private community of nonprofit thought leaders who are committed to the adoption of high performance in the nonprofit sector.

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