This course describes the growing role of information technology (IT) in nonprofits and how high-impact organizations are using IT platforms to manage and analyze their programs. Included is a discussion on the IT-related problems faced by nonprofits and solutions available to address these problems. Methods for implementing solutions and best practices for data collection and analysis will also be outlined. The second portion of the course will be hands-on: teaching techniques for quickly analyzing datasets using MS Excel and creating a functional specification document to customize an application. The course will also examine how to best recruit and manage consultants and vendors for IT projects.
Prerequisites:CORE-GP 1021 and/or familiarity with Excel