FYI – FREE California Cultural Data Project training workshops offered in Ventura

On March 9, 2011, the City of Ventura and the Ventura County Arts Council will present two FREE California Cultural Data Projects training workshops: New Users and Reports. The workshops will be presented at City Hall in Ventura (501 Poli Street) in Ventura. A representative from the California Cultural Data Project will offer two types of FREE CDP training sessions – New User, for those just getting started, 10:00-11:30 am, and Reports Orientations, for organizations who have submitted one or more years of data, 12:30-2:00 pm. Light morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. The California Cultural Data Project (California CDP) is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. Arts and cultural organizations enter financial, programmatic and operational data into a standardized online form and can then use the CDP to 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. This emerging national standard enables participating organizations to track trends and benchmark their progress through powerful reporting tools, 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. Register through Event Brite as follows:

We recommend the New User Training Session if your organization is new to the CDP or if you need a refresher on data entry. This training session will provide an overview of the history and goals of the California CDP as well as an introduction to the types of data collected. During the session, we will talk participants through the process of entering data, applying to participating funders and generating reports. The CDP Reports Orientation Session is designed for organizations that have already submitted at least one Data Profile into the system. Learn more about the 77 trend and comparison reports available to your organization at no-cost! This training offers tips for integrating use of these reports in your financial management, planning and evaluation. For more information, email Georgeanne Lees ([email protected]) or call at 805/658-4720. Thank you, Georgeanne Lees Cultural Affairs Supervisor City of Ventura 805/658-4720 [email protected]