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Continuum of Care Members – Tips for Stronger Meeting Agendas

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Agenda is a tool that supports or hinders progress being made by boards and workgroups seeking to reduce homelessness.  Poorly designed agenda’s affect a group’s ability to make positive change because when they lack cohesiveness, they leave members in the dark about how best to contribute. When done well, agendas are a…

Point in Time Counts and Action!

Point in Time (PIT) “reveals” are beginning to surface. Over the years I’ve heard various discussions surrounding the value of local counts. In my experience, one of the biggest difficulties surrounding the PIT debate is the fact that it only happens annually and once the report is published it can overwhelm a Continuum because of…

Data Quality Again…

Recently I was discussing the importance of how performance outcomes are ultimately designed in software. My colleague commented, “And then there are all the problems with data quality.” I replied, “Yes, and it’s frustrating that we still have to deal with data quality at all.” She looked surprised, so I went to on clarify by…

Announcing the PIOSA!

The Leap Ambassadors, are a private group of community leaders who believe in shifting mindsets across both social and public sectors to embrace high performance organizations.  Their work is to inspire, motivate and support leaders and stakeholders to strengthen organizations so they may achieve greater societal impact through the execution of high performing programs.  The…

Before You Analyze…

Have you been in meetings where you were presented reports that later you wondered how they related to the task at hand? The purpose of a review is as important as interpretation of the data and often, the review fulfills the purpose for which the data was gathered. Stakeholders must understand the purpose of the data…

Community Alignment Using Collaboration Tools

Do you struggle to maintain alignment of your group’s core message when speaking publicly about your work? Are your efforts to educate the public and put out a compelling call to action diluted by a lack of clarity? You can strengthen your message and provide stronger support for groups and committees with the power of online…

Data collection for BHAGs

Recently, a FaceBook friend posted a definition of “Big Hairy Audacious Goals” (BHAGs). It read something like this, “The power of a BHAG is that it gets you out of thinking too small. A great BHAG changes the time frame and simultaneously creates a sense of urgency. It is a real paradox…you’re not going to…

Reporting for CES

Recently, I’ve heard frustrations over the way Coordinated Entry Systems (CES) operate, but when I inquire in regards to “what do your reports say?” I usually get blank stares. Purely anecdotal updates about the effectiveness of homeless systems no longer suffice to assure our trust that our systems are working. We might feel we are…

Data Declaration for Sonoma County's Homes For All Summit

In support of the critical homeless and housing initiatives happening in Sonoma County, Decipher has prepared a public information sheet regarding the importance of data in homeless and housing projects. Let’s Talk About Data

We’re Stuck on the Data Culture – Here’s Why

A guiding principal our group established right at the beginning was that we would work to support a nonprofit’s culture around data right alongside our implementation services.  Our collective experience has shown us the best software an agency can buy stands little chance of success if the agency culture doesn’t support its use. The private…

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