Category: Viewpoints

Why we are Optimistic that Government Can Play Moneyball

  To dramatically expand opportunity and improve the lives of young people, their families and communities, government policy and funding decisions must be informed by the best possible data and evidence about impact. In short, government at all levels must be committed to “investing in what works.” To make this case, in 2013, Results for […]

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The ALS Ice Bucket Donor Retention Challenge

  Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Social Innovation Summit, a twice-annual event that represents a global convening of thought leaders in technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business. I’ve been going every year since 2009 to cover the event on my blog. Out of all the amazing speakers and discussions, I was lucky enough […]

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Help! My Nonprofit Needs a Data Nerd

In November, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. The hot button issue was capacity, skills, and lack of resources. It was articulated as: “We don’t have the skills to analyze, slice and dice, and make sense of our data, so it is hard to […]

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The Two Faces of Data

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?

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The Role of Data

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 […]

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The Death Of Evaluation

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 […]

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Preparing for the Future We’re Working to Bring About

Lucy Bernholz shares forward-thinking insights into the role regulation and law must play for the development and use of data.

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Dealing Your Own Best Hand (Unlocking Data From Silos)

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, […]

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The Grand Challenge of Data Interoperability

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.

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Let Our Data Define Us – Part II

Lucy Bernholz outlines a new definition for the sector at the forefront of taking on our biggest challenges.

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