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Development Analytics 101

  • Fri, June 07, 2013
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tufts University University Advancement 80 George Street, 1st Floor (Conference Room 151) Medford, MA 02155
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  • Non-Member

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Development Analytics 101

Friday, June 7, 2013

9:30 - 10:00 am Networking

10:00 - 11:30 am Program

Join James Cheng, Assistant Director of Prospect Identification & Analytics in Development Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as he presents on the fundamentals of analytics from a development perspective. Concepts such as “analytics” and “predictive modeling” will be defined within the context of the not-for-profit business process. An example of incorporating descriptive and predictive analytics within the business process and in-session exercise will follow. No statistics-related concepts other than vocabulary will be taught; no statistics background or laptops is necessary for this session. 

Space is limited. 


James Cheng currently holds the position of Assistant Director of Prospect Identification & Analytics in Development Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Like many folks in development research, James' background is not directly related to philanthropy or fundraising. Other than resource development, he's made intellectual and professional forays into cell and development biology, secondary science education, as well as educational research, measurement, and evaluation. While finishing up a doctorate degree in applied statistics in education at Boston College, James' interest in development was piqued when he also took on the role of Prospect Data Mining and Modeling Specialist at MIT from 2006 to 2008. After spending time in the corporate world as a healthcare market researcher, James returned to the Light, working at Dana-Farber since January of 2011.

Directions and Parking:

  • Visitor parking is available in the Tufts garage for $5 at 419 Boston Avenue. Some street parking may be available closer to 80 George on the side streets.
  • Public Transportation: Take the Red line to Davis Square and then bus 96 will stop on George Street.


NEDRA Members: $85

Non-members: $125


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