Data Is Not a Magic Bullet, But..."

Tuesday, March 30

"Data is not a magic bullet, but..."

Join LBJ Professor Francie Ostrower for an engaging and thought-provoking examination of data and evaluation in the nonprofit sector. Utilizing Ostrower’s research and recent Wallace Foundation report, Data and Deliberation, as a basis for conversation, this session will explore the challenges and rewards of a data-based approach to organizational learning. Although the report findings center on arts and culture, this discussion is ripe for any and all philanthropic giving priorities in pursuit of shifting evaluation beyond ‘proving’ to ‘improving’ and yielding rewards of greater, more sustainable social impact. Hear insights from Ostrower's report and share learnings with your philanthropic peers in this quick, yet deep-dive discussion.

Francie Ostrower, Ph.D., Professor of Public Affairs and Fine Arts, Senior Fellow

Francie Ostrower is a professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and College of Fine Arts, Director of the Portfolio Program in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship jointly sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and the LBJ School, and a senior fellow in the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. She is principal investigator of the Building Audiences for Sustainability Initiative: Research and Evaluation, a six-year study of audience-building activities by performing arts organizations commissioned and funded by The Wallace Foundation through a multi-million dollar grant. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin in 2008, she was a senior research associate at the Urban Institute and prior to that a sociology faculty member at Harvard University. Dr. Ostrower has been a visiting professor at IAE de Paris/Sorbonne Graduate Business School and is an Urban Institute affiliated scholar. She has authored numerous publications on philanthropy, nonprofit governance, and arts and cultural participation that have received awards from the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and Independent Sector. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Aspen Institute, among others. Recent professional activities include serving as a board member and president of ARNOVA and on the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly board, and the academic advisory committee of Stanford Social Innovation Review.