Dataism is deemed as the modern-day ideology. Everything must be backed up by some sort of data to be considered compelling. Some industries however weren’t founded to be data-focused and are just more recently seeing the benefits of data in decision-making – animal welfare is one of them.
Dr. John Fisher is back on the Justice Clearinghouse to talk about data-driven decision-making in the animal welfare profession. Dr. Fisher has been working in the veterinary medical/animal welfare field for over 15 years holding management roles. He is currently the Animal Services Director for the City of Charlotte/Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the president of the National Animal Care and Control Association. He advocates the professionalization of the animal welfare industry.
Specifics discussed in this session are:
- Misconceptions about animal welfare and the multi-faceted reality of its role in the community.
- The need for the animal welfare agencies to utilize data to articulate and support its various needs, facilitate decision-making, and professionalize the industry.
- A rundown of the different types of data to track and the importance of capturing these.
- The value in ensuring that the data captured is usable by training the team in consistent, correct, and accurate data input and collection.
- How to secure buy-in from the team by involving them in the development of the data management system or software and how this subsequently results in better and more accurate data collection.
- The different data management options available in the form of commercial off-the-shelf animal welfare software, generic project management systems, or the MS Office suite.
- A glimpse into Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Services’ Chameleon software and the types of insights that can be deduced from its data, functions, and reports.
- The different ways that data captured from animal welfare operations may be utilized for…
- Forecasting of inventory, demand, supply, and workload.
- Marketing campaign planning and measuring the success rate of various initiatives.
- Agency budget allocation that captures on a granular level the various elements to include and consider.
- Justification of policies to implement and request for additional personnel.
- Identification of at-risk animals that are likely to require more resources for the agency.
- Identifying areas where efficiencies can be put into place to enhance the organization’s bottom-line.
Points raised during the Q&A are about:
- The difference in justifying budget for a standalone shelter and one that is under a police department.
- The processes included during intake and its cost-effectiveness.
- Benefits of information sharing and coordination between different animal-related service organizations.
- Capabilities of the Chameleon software used in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Services.
- Factors to consider when migrating from one data management system to another.
- Why bully breeds are considered at-risk and the impact of intake diversion of bully breeds.
- Shelter software that captures costs per animal and inventory.
Other Webinars in this Series
- Part 1 -Data-Driven Decision Making for Animal Welfare Organizations (this webinar)
- Sept 21: Part 2 -Data-Driven Decision Making for Animal Welfare Organizations
- “I thought all the information on tracking different data and usage of software was helpful….” — Amanda
- “It was an excellent overview.” — Gail
- “The best thing was when they talked about tracking and being detailed about each animal.” — John
- “Just how important data is and the methods for which it is utilized.” — Chris