Introduction to What Makes Good Data
Representing Reality: What Makes Good Data • 5m 38s
You probably have goals for yourself and your teams, and some ideas for achieving those goals. Maybe you also have a strategy for your non-profit or business. That's also super important. Goals and strategy are great, but they only work when you know where you are and can keep track of where you're going. This is why good data is so essential--without it, we can't have an effective strategy or set and achieve useful goals. In this program, we're exploring the characteristics of good data.
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