Data Management

Using data to manage camp and relationships effectively and efficiently

Why Data Management

The importance of data to leading organizations is no longer disputed, yet many camps still struggle to realize its full value. Whether you know it or not, use it or not, data on your camp’s families, programs, alumni, donors and more can be invaluable in helping to improve decision making, resource allocation and for demonstrating impact.

Using data strategically will help you transform into a data-driven organization, but where do you start? What does it look like to successfully cultivate your data ecosystem? 

Whether you are looking for support in how to effectively collect, clean, store, interpret, report on, or communicate with data, JCamp 180 is devoted to working with your organization to be able to fully leverage the transformative power of your data. We have curated a suite of resources to help reduce the complexity and apprehension some may feel about ‘diving into their data.

Tools and Techniques

Organizations get the most out of their data when itis clean, updated, and easily accessible. 

Good data management requires processes and policies to define how data should be entered, as well as how to keep it up to date over time. It also requires that team members are trained in the effective use of their organization’s database. While having  the right database to meet the organization's needs is obviously important, issues are  more often  related to the cleanliness of the data or a gap in the training of database users. 

This section includes tools and techniques for database management: ideas for keeping contact data up to date; database setup best practices; data cleanup hacks; and more. Harnessing these tools and techniques help ensure organizations have good data that can be used to reliably inform their decision making and stay in touch with their stakeholders.

Data-Informed Decision-Making

The ultimate goal of leveraging data is to help an organization meet and surpass its goals. For camps in particular, this can include managing donor data to ensure effective stewardship activities; tracking alumni and other stakeholder data to stay connected and build ongoing relationships; and engaging current and potential camper families for increased recruitment and retention.

In addition, data can be used by both staff and board members to inform effective decision-making. Good data - especially when summarized in a well-designed dashboard or visualization - can help camp leaders be more confident in using data in their decision-making. 

In this section, there are resources that describe how data can best be leveraged to meet camp goals and inform decision-making.

You can learn a lot from other Jewish camps, and there are many more resources, tips, and tools from other camps on our Knowledge Center. If you don’t see that you are looking for here, please try using the search function in the Knowledge Center where many, many more resources are housed. 
These samples from other camps are among the most popular samples on data management in our Knowledge Center. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please try the Knowledge Center or contact us.
JCamp 180 is committed to helping your organization apply best practices to your camp’s data management efforts. We’ve hand-picked the resources below to get you started. For our full set of resources on this topic, click the “More Data Management Resources” button at the bottom of the page to go to the main Knowledge Center page. You can either further refine your search using keywords or scroll through all the resources.