Step 4: Gathering Information and Conducting Research


The purpose of information gathering is to support the planning of your organization's work to become more fully inclusive.

It is important to look at available facts -- objective information, including demographics and best practices.

It is also important to look at stakeholder perspectives -- subjective information, including the opinions of your clients, potential clients, staff, board members, donors, etc. regarding the work that you do and how you do it.

The topics below will guide you through the information-gathering process.


Developing Your Scope and Strategy

Info-Gathering Tools

Compiling Information

Analyzing Information

Info-Gathering Worksheets


On July 28, 2010, OMNI Institute gave a PowerPoint presentation to The Denver Foundation's 2010-2011 Learning Community Grantees on Information Gathering: Step Four of the Inclusiveness Initiative. That presentation is available in PDF form by clicking here.

Check out Policy Link's map of America's changing demographics (1990 to 2040).