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United Way of Greater Rochester: Monitor & Improve Program Effectiveness
Monitor & Improve Program Effectiveness

The mission of the United Way of Greater Rochester (N.Y.) is clear and direct: Unite the good will and resources of the Greater Rochester community

Renew your organization’s software practices

There is nothing quite like springtime in upstate New York.

It’s mid-April, the sun is shining, the grass is greening and the flowers are budding.  It is a time where people are filled with energy to “get out there” and confront obstacles and make the changes they know they need to do.  It’s the Season of Renewal.

Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA) aka summerLEAP

What a great mission for an organization.

We promise to instill in our students a belief in their abilities, an understanding of their potential for achievement, and a joyous spirit of optimism about the future.

The Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA), or summerLEAP, strives to transform the lives of Rochester City School District children by improving access to high-quality, tuition-free summer learning programs.  And they are doing just that.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo
Better Data Management for Better Results

Through a Gift of Support from the Cullen Foundation, BGC Buffalo (BGCB) implemented COMET in conjunction with improved data management practices.

Complex Spreadsheet - source: https://sams.net.au

You know who you are. You may be a small but expanding organization, using the original way you developed to track data for your business. You may be a medium-size nonprofit that has been awarded a grant that now needs a way to regularly provide outcome reports. You may be a large organization that has access to tracking software at a national level, but it doesn’t track what you need, so you found a way to do it. Often, that way is Microsoft Excel. And it is making you tired.

What’s the most important step to any evaluation? Data collection? Choosing a system? Hiring the right evaluator? No, no, and no. The most important step is defining your question, and the more specific you can be, the better.

Fred & Susan, members of the COMET engineering and customer support teams.

The COMET Team has worked hard to release many new features this year.

The COMET Team has spent many years developing our system with all the features and functions it needs to support the use of data to improve outcomes. In the last year, in particular, we have rolled out a long list of features requested by our customers.

Don't bite off more than you can chew when collecting data

Most organizations today know that part of their infrastructure is their data management system. And their operational excellence depends on having great data collection processes. But it is very easy to overdo the effort in the interest of keeping track of details and also providing inaccurate information by short-cutting methods. Here are a few sound guidelines to use when developing or refining your organization's data collection processes.

Boys & Girls Club of Rochester NY: Improving School Attendance
Improving School Attendance

Demonstrating impact: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester links club attendance to increased school attendance!

Introduction to COMET: Improving Outcomes for Children With Data
Improving Outcomes for Children With Data

Imagine a web-based application that can collect thousands of childhood variables for each child.

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