Cultural Data Project Workshop April 16

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cdplogoThe Southwest Minnesota Arts Council is sponsoring a workshop, “Getting Started with the Cultural Data Project”, at the SMAC office in Marshall on April 16, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

We strongly encourage all SMAC-region arts organizations to attend this workshop, presented by Cultural Data Project (CDP) staff, to learn about how to enroll in the project.  At some point in the near future, arts organizations may be required be enrolled in CDP in order to qualify for SMAC grants.  Having created a CDP profile will also be helpful if you’re planning to attend the Nonprofits Assistance Fund financial training on May 21.

SMAC will provide mileage reimbursement to attendees from arts organizations in the 18 counties of Southwest Minnesota.

What is the Cultural Data Project?
Once per year, arts and cultural organizations enter financial, programmatic, and operational data into CDP’s online form, and can then produce a variety of reports designed to help increase management capacity, identify strengths and challenges, and inform decision-making. They can also generate reports to be included as part of the application processes to participating grantmakers.

An emerging national standard, the CDP also empowers researchers and advocates with information to make the case for arts and culture, and equips funders with data to plan and evaluate grant-making activities more effectively.

Getting Started with the Cultural Data Project – New User Orientation
In this introductory session, we’ll discuss how consistent data collection can help your organization make decisions, plan for the future, and build convincing cases to stakeholders.

Our new user orientation will also provide an overview of working with the CDP, including:

  • Registering your organization
  • Navigating the CDP website
  • Entering your organization’s data into a CDP Data Profile

Designed with first-time users of the CDP in mind, this session will also provide tips on how to help your organization get the most out of the CDP through our useful reporting tools and other resources.




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