Presented by Good Measure


Do you aspire to be a data-driven leader? We invite you and your team to join us for the 2018 Data Institute to connect, learn and explore proven solutions to your data dilemmas.


November 13, 2018 | 7:30 AM - 5 PM | Austin, TX




Public registration available August 27, 2018!


Presented good_measure_-_logo_-_RGB_Sby Good Measure, the 2018 Data Institute is an innovative and highly-curated one-day
learning event designed for teams of data-driven leaders from Central Texas nonprofits.


The 2018 Data Institute features:

  • Keynote address by nonprofit data and evaluation expert Sam Cobbs, on building and sustaining a culture of learning.
  • Distinct breakout sessions, led by nonprofit data experts from Texas and beyond, on a wide variety of data and evaluation topics.
  • Format specially designed for team-based learning, with guided reflection and action planning throughout the day.
  • Curated discussions to help participating nonprofits and funders understand their data-ecosystem and identify strategies for driving positive change together.
  • Solutions Showcase to share innovative, game-changing approaches to long-standing data and evaluation challenges.
  • Happy Hour and multiple opportunities to network with other data leaders.
  • A “No Solicitation” policy to allow for more open dialogue between nonprofits and funders.



November 13, 2018 | 7:30 AM – 5 PM

Session Details Coming Soon!


7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast


8:30 - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Keynotes

Keynote Address
Sam Cobbs, Chief Program Officer, Tipping Point Community

Keynote description coming soon.


9:45 - 10:45 AM

Early Morning Sessions


11:00 AM - 12 PM

Late Morning Sessions


12:15 - 1:30 PM

Luncheon Presentation and Discussions: The Central Texas Data Ecosystem


1:45 - 2:45 PM

Afternoon Sessions


3 - 4 PM

Team debrief and action planning


4 - 5 PM

Solutions Showcase and Happy Hour




Sam Cobbs
Sam Cobbs, Chief Program Officer, Tipping Point Community

Sam Cobbs is the Chief Program Officer for Tipping Point Community. He has been part of Tipping Point since it began and when he was the CEO of First Place for Youth, a long-standing grantee, for 12 years.

Sam is a national expert and policy advisor on at-risk foster kids, specifically the issues they face as they transition into adulthood. In his 20 years of work in the nonprofit field, he has created and implemented programs that successfully reduce poverty and homelessness among vulnerable young people and has been one of the leading voices in advocating for better access to housing, education, employment and health programs that improve their lives.

Sam has been recognized for his leadership by national organizations and has been awarded the Anne E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellowship, the 2010 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and the Red Cross Community Hero Award. He has been recognized by Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, California Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass, Assembly Member Jim Beall, Assembly Member Leland Yee and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for his tireless commitment to youth. Before First Place, he served in leadership positions at Larkin Street Youth Services, Juma Ventures and the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland. Sam has a Master’s in Counseling from California State University, East Bay.



The Norris Conference Centers- Austin is conveniently located in Central NW Austin, at the corner of Anderson Lane and Burnet Road at the Northcross Center.

Norris Conference Centers – Austin
2525 West Anderson Lane, Suite 365
Austin, TX 78757




Gained new knowledge
or perspective


Were challenged to think
differently about social change


Are likely to attend a future
Mission Capital conference


Good Measure


Good Measure is a group of philanthropic organizations that work with their grantees to creatively and strategically use data to make a bigger difference in their communities.

Good Measure gives funders a chance to:

  • invest in their grantees’ data measurement, analysis skills and practices.
  • increase access to quality data to help grantees and other nonprofits work more strategically.
  • support bold thinking, strategic risk taking, collaborations and innovative ideas that lead to greater impact.



Data Institute presents cutting-edge, expert content that inspires you to take action, increase effectiveness and maximize your community impact. Engage with influential social sector leaders in the fields of nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

  • This conference has taken the Austin community by storm, provided hundreds of people with new ideas and tools, and inspired a whole new level of social entrepreneurship

    Lisa FielderCo-Founder & CEO, College Forward, 2015 Conference Attendee
  • Congratulations to Mission Capital on a wonderful conference – what an impactful two days! Thank you for creating this terrific
    learning and networking opportunity.

    Robyn HouseholderGoodwill Central Texas, 2016 Conference Attendee
  • The quality of the speakers, the ideas and the attendees were all just fantastic.

    Janet MitchellPrincipal, M Group Agency, 2015 Conference Attendee

  • What a wonderful conference. I only wish it could be quarterly!

    Khotan Shahbazi-HarmonDirector of Communications & Community Accountability, E3 Alliance, 2016 Conference Attendee
  • Loved the conference! Powerful to have so many nonprofits and social enterprise together with inspiring speakers.

    John TroyFounder of WorkMonger, 2015 Conference Attendee

  • The conference was fabulous! I learned a lot, connected with people, and got energized about our mission.

    Mandy DeMayoHousingWorks Austin, 2016 Conference Attendee
  • Mission Capital gets my award for best conference of the year. Thank you for a meaningful and thought-provoking 48 hours. Until next year.

    Austin BuchanExecutive Director, College Forward, 2015 Conference Attendee




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