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NamasteData

RESEARCH & ANALYTICS CONSULTING
FOR
NONPROFITS AND SOCIAL IMPACT AGENCIES

"Equity-driven research strives for progress, not perfection."

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Hi, I am Meena.


I am a people-first, data equity
speaker + consultant + trainer
for nonprofits and agencies.

Philanthropy is evolving to encourage and embrace social equity across the communities it serves. As it evolves, so will you. That's why, you need a thought-partner who can talk to your data "differently" and help you plan your next bold strategy.That strategy where you can reflect your innovation and adaptability. This is where I come in. Community surveys to data collection assessments, I help nonprofits and social impact agencies with mindful research practices for a social justice-centered community.

I believe the purpose of data should be two-fold. One, making it meaningfully inclusive for the community we are serving and two, enabling people around us with research techniques so they ask better questions.

MY VISION

To build community-centered data equity solutions that are based on inclusive and equitable research and analytics practices.

My commitment: As a BIPOC Immigrant, I aim to enable all voices that seek and support racial and social justice. To keep my commitment, I offer

  • my services at "pay what you can" model for 3 BIPOC led organizations every 9 months, and

  • pro-bono 5 1-hr sessions every month to anyone who lost their job due to COVID. Sessions can be around any data/data science related counsel (e.g., resume tweaks for analyst or counsel for work).

Ask yourself, are you struggling with...

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Building inclusive & equitable donor surveys

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Getting started with analytics/data science in your work

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Reviewing your data-driven project for equity and inclusion

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Finding those "gems" in your data equitably

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Advancing equity through data collection for impact

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Finding a speaker for your next conference/event/podcast

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Uncovering opportunities of inclusive fundraising analytics as nonprofit leaders

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Building knowledge for embracing human-centric AI

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Explore a human-centered approach to leverage data.

Who am I looking to collaborate with?

  • Mission-driven social impact agencies centering community.

  • Nonprofits committed to racial and social justice.

  • Individuals who are keen and curious (like me) to find opportunities of meaningful engagement through data.

  • Individuals who are looking for podcast or conference speakers around IDEA-led research practices.

I'M here
for you.

Why do nonprofits need to do good with data?

Nonprofits need to do good with data in order to effectively measure the impact of their programs and make data-driven decisions. By collecting and analyzing data, nonprofits can identify areas where they are making the most impact, and where they need to improve. This can help them to allocate resources more efficiently, and ultimately, to better serve their mission. Additionally, data can also be used to demonstrate to funders and other stakeholders the effectiveness of the nonprofit's work, which can help to secure funding and support.

Let's do good with data.

HERE IS A QUESTION I FREQUENTLY GET...


What does that (social) equity in research and analytics mean?

 

Here is my evolving response to that question:

 

"Imagine a campaign titled 'Philanthropy is about me'.

And it has four simple principles:

 

Philanthropy is about me

  1. When I see my ways of generosity acknowledged as philanthropy,

  2. When I see myself in the data,

  3. When the analysis (in any shape or form) of data does not lead to my tokenism,

  4. When I am considered in the question, the answer, and the decisions from the research.

 

Because philanthropy is about me.

 

Imagine a campaign like that - that stands true for your volunteers, staff, donors, members – everyone interested in building a better community through your mission."

That’s what (social) equity in research and analytics look like.

Do you struggle with this question as well?

 

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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."~Maya Angelou.

Let's work with data in ways we can tell the untold story then.

Land Acknowledgement:
NamasteData operates on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples –Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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