September 29, 2014
Giving more data won’t make us wiser and sacrificing more for data’s sake won’t make us safer. What can the social sector learn from the tragedy of Harvey Dent?
July 1, 2014
Last week I published The Death of Program Evaluation, highlighting my firm belief that evaluation as it is today needs to change and evolve. Program evaluation is often not forward looking, over-focused on statistical proof, and actually undermines program improvement. The post sparked a debate across twitter, the website, and the Markets for Good community […]
June 25, 2014
Is program evaluation dying? This question has been swirling around my head the last few months. I don’t mean to imply that programs should stop evaluating their outcomes. I just find that the current framework of traditional, social science driven program evaluation is frankly not embracing the possibilities of today’s world. Put simply, program evaluation […]
May 30, 2014
Lucy Bernholz shares forward-thinking insights into the role regulation and law must play for the development and use of data.
January 7, 2014
We’re now far along into the narrative on how data will “change the way we live and work.” Further, that narrative is beginning to develop into more than an abstract promise, as we see examples and case studies chronicled regularly in such sources as The Harvard Business Review and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. But, […]
March 18, 2013
Make the data work together. This is the challenge that the Gates Foundation and Markets For Good Initiative have put before us. They’ve announced a new Grand Challenge of Data Interoperability for great ideas that connect data to inform social action.
October 2, 2012
Solutions to shared social challenges should not be proprietary. To achieve our social missions we should share what we know – widely, accessibly, and openly. We should define our work and our enterprises by our data and data practices. What would this mean? Data used for and generated by efforts at improving the human condition […]