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Grantee Profile: Data Orchard

In early 2017, a small non-profit published a free online guide to help under-resourced organizations in the social sector make better use of their data. Sian Basker, one of the masterminds behind the guide, wasn’t sure if it would make a big impact. There was no need to worry. More…

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Open Data and Economic Ownership in West African Agriculture

Mobile technology is changing the way of life for millions of rural farmers across the West African country of Ghana. They receive texts with up-to-date crop prices, weather alerts, and advice about planting. Using electronic payment services, they now have credit histories to secure loans. With mobile technology, they can…

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Digital Security for Civil Society

Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Josh Levy, and Kate McKenney discuss challenges, strategies, and processes for creating a strong practice and culture of data security at nonprofits and foundations. Every nonprofit, foundation, and civil society organization is now digitally dependent, and managing digital resources safely, ethically and effectively is a core…

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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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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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Good Data Collaborative: Defining Responsible Data for Nonprofits

A recent exploration of responsible data (RD) practice in the nonprofit sector shows a deep disconnect between two opposing visions of data in social change work: one, rights-based and respectful of the individual ownership of data; and the other, data-centric and focused on transactional exchanges of development gains in return…

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Facing the Challenge of an Evolving Digital Civil Space

Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline provides lessons on how to build comprehensive and sustainable digital infrastructures while protecting the digital rights of the people they serve. As activist Esra’a Al Shafei suggests, funders have a responsibility to adapt to the digital needs of the civil society organizations (CSOs) they support,…

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When Choosing Digital Tools, Consider Context

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/4Q4-Laura-Guzman-The-Engine-Room-0819-FINAL.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4 Podcast: Laura Guzman on Choosing Digital Tools SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: This is Digital Impact 4Q4, I’m Chris Delatorre. Laura Guzman manages communications for The Engine Room, an organization that helps the social sector make the most of data tech...

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Data Labs: Improving Access to Government Data

The Data Labs project led by New Philanthropy Capital and the Governance Lab aims to make government administrative data more transparent, so that nonprofits can better understand the impact of their services on beneficiaries. Governments collect and store massive amounts of data about a wide range of issues. Nonprofits often…

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Closing Civic Space in the Digital Age

Civic spaces are closing around the world. Digital data and infrastructure are playing an increasing role in this trend, as they reshape the foundation and boundaries of civic spaces, and create new digital dependencies and vulnerabilities for nonprofits, foundations, activists, journalists, and others agents of civil society. Digital Impact hosted…

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