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Clear Goals, Uncertain Impact: CEP report analyzes the role of transparency in foundation grantmaking

Transparency – it’s a hot button issue in the ongoing discussion of data use in the social good sector, among other fields. But what exactly does it mean to foundations and grantees, and how is it tied to effectiveness in philanthropy? The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) explored these and…

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Breaking Down Barriers to Expand Data for Social Good

  Interest in topics like “data science,” “analytics,” and “big data” is growing in the nonprofit and education sectors. Attendance at training programs, salons, and conferences like NTEN’s annual conference, Do Good Data or Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Data on Purpose is booming.   And it’s no surprise – we…

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Building a Culture of Evaluation: Empowering the Social Sector to Put Data to Good Use

Picture this: I’m standing in front of a room of dozens of social sector professionals, ranging from Executive Directors to program assistants, and I ask, as I often do, “Raise your hand if you have taken a statistics course before.” As usual, a majority of hands go up. “Now keep…

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#GivingTuesday: Making the most of the digital data

Part one of this blog series looked at how #GivingTuesday grew from concept to global event in just four years. While we often hear about scale, #GivingTuesday is a living example of just how quickly an idea can spread. From its first year to its third the aggregate giving tagged…

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Building Better Data Policies with Digital Impact

New Music USA is on a mission to help new music thrive in America. We make over $1 million in grants to the new music community each year, publish NewMusicBox, and advocate for new music nationally and abroad. In 2013, we overhauled our grantmaking process, which gave us the opportunity…

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Making Giving Day Count: Demystifying Giving Day Technology

There are more than 1,000 online giving platforms, but only one matters for your giving day – the one you chose. The Pittsburgh Foundation and 47 other foundations found that out the hard way during this year’s Give Local America Day when technology ground giving to a halt. Technology is…

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New Brief Envisions “Humanitarian Data Ecosystem” Founded on Responsible Data

Citing the rise of digital data use in humanitarian action, a new think piece developed under the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) calls for a “humanitarian data-ecosystem” firmly rooted in a shared culture of data responsibility. “Because affected populations can be harmed as well as…

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Data for Healthy Hearts: Measuring the Impact of the Wireless Heart Health Program in Rural China

Doctors Ren Nianbao and Xie Guangguo have worked at the Lang Mao Shan Clinic in rural China for 20 years. Approximately one-fifth of their patients suffer from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), one of the leading causes of death in China. In the past, the clinic relied on a conventional, 12-lead electrocardiogram…

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Finding Your Place on the Journey to Data Maturity, Part 1

Adapting to remote work as a result of COVID-19 may be quick and efficient for data-savvy nonprofits. For others, it may be chaotic and bewildering. While many offices remain partially or fully shut down, those offering frontline services have been forced to consider how to rapidly redesign their engagement and…

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Riders For Health: Benchmarking Data

  In September, Markets for Good published the first in a series of articles about Riders for Health’s new project in Lesotho. Having worked in the Southern African country since 2009, this new project sees us partner with UNICEF, the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission and the Lesotho Ministry of Health.…

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