UpMetrics Announces Advanced Data Platform, Industry Veterans Jason Ricci and Andrew Lee Join Team
UpMetrics, a San Francisco-based data company focused on impact organizations, announced a new and more flexible version of their data visualization platform, first launched in 2017. This new software is being driven in part by two new members of the UpMetrics team and veterans of the foundations & nonprofit space, Jason Ricci and Andrew Lee, formerly of Fluxx.
“My previous experience provided me with deep insights into the inner workings of the largest grantmakers in the world,” explains Fluxx founder and former CEO—and now Chief Strategy Officer at UpMetrics—Jason Ricci. “That experience, alongside some of the most intelligent and committed people thinking about impact, also served as inspiration for me to join UpMetrics.”
That is in part because of who Ricci and UpMetrics want to serve most.
“At Fluxx, we solved the grants management problem,” Ricci says. “At UpMetrics, we are working to solve the measurement, evaluation, and learning problem. Going forward, I want to focus on tools that benefit both funders and nonprofits looking to drive impact.”
To help make this vision a reality, Andrew Lee, formerly the Chief Architect at Fluxx, has joined the UpMetrics team to lead development of the new platform. “Drew’s extensive experience building complex, data-driven platforms made him the perfect fit to join me on this journey,” Ricci says of his colleague. “Not only is he an excellent architect and developer, but we’ve worked together for over a decade, so I always know I can count on Drew to deliver.”
"Our flexibility in terms of what data we can work with, and how we can visualize that data, and then how we can turn that data into a way that these organizations can track their progress towards goals—it just hasn’t been done before."
Empowering Organizations to become Data Driven
The updated UpMetrics platform makes collecting and analyzing data faster and easier, with user-friendly tools that provide value at every level. After defining a theory of change, organizations will be able to collect data from multiple sources in one place, and create custom dashboards to measure impact. The platform will allow organizations to analyze data to support fundraising, inform decision making, and track progress towards goals.
As the team works to improve the UpMetrics platform, there will be an ongoing focus on gathering feedback and learning from the people who are actually using it. “We are taking our best crack at what we think the sector needs based on all of our collective experience, but we will learn so much just from putting it out there and seeing how people use it,” says Ricci.
Industry Veterans Joins the UpMetrics Team
Ricci met UpMetrics CEO, Drew Payne, at a conference on data for social good in Detroit, in early 2018. Both Ricci and Payne were there to present on the issue of impact measurement and technology solutions.
With a shared vision to empower organizations with actionable data, Payne believes that the addition of Ricci and Lee to the UpMetrics team will drive innovation across the social impact sector. “Jason and Drew bring a unique combination of deep industry knowledge, operating experience, and genuine passion to provide organizations with tools and analytics to drive impact.” says Payne.
Ricci sees this move, given UpMetrics’ existing track record of success in the sector, as an opportunity to build on that experience while also scaling the reach, improving the capabilities, and enhancing the user-friendliness of the platform—empowering more organizations to become data driven.
“The unique advantage of UpMetrics is that there’s a team in place that has already learned a ton over the past couple of years. UpMetrics has extensive experience, launching products and working with ‘boots on the ground,’ across education, afterschool, health, and community development. Combine that experience with the regional approach—we have offices across the country, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia— UpMetrics has gained invaluable insight into trends and best practices for the sector. It means we’re a couple of steps ahead in terms of learning what to build.”
“Our flexibility in terms of what data we can work with, and how we can visualize that data, and then how we can turn that data into a way that these organizations can track their progress towards goals—it just hasn’t been done before. And it hasn’t been done in a way that is built to serve both the funders and the nonprofits themselves,” says Ricci. “Ultimately, we’re focusing on tools that provide value for the nonprofits and grantees while also serving the needs of foundations and grantmakers. The approach is—I don’t want to say radical, but it’s pioneering. We are doing things very, very differently.”
Looking forward, the UpMetrics platform will continue to evolve and improve based on feedback from partners, as the company works to further its mission of empowering organizations to use data to make informed decisions, build capacity, and drive impact. A complete interview with Jason Ricci is upcoming.
UpMetrics empowers impact organizations to become data driven. From local, community-based providers to nationally-recognized foundations, UpMetrics provides tools and services for programs and foundations to analyze, interpret, and use data to make better decisions, build capacity, and drive impact. See more at www.upmetrics.com.