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Breaking With Funding Tradition Can Offer Benefits Beyond the Obvious

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/4Q4-October_mixdown-FINAL.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4 Podcast: Helen Turvey on Breaking with Funding Tradition SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: This is Digital Impact 4Q4, I’m Chris Delatorre. Today’s four questions are for Helen Turvey, Executive Director of the Shuttleworth Foundation. Following a recent conversation with Bahr...

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Meeting the Challenge of Impact Evaluation 

https://media.blubrry.com/podcast_markets_for_good/p/digitalimpact.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/19_05-4Q4-Nick-Hamlin_mixdown_FINAL.mp3 Digital Impact 4Q4 Podcast: Nick Hamlin on Impact Evaluation SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON iTUNES. 00:00 CHRIS DELATORRE: Welcome to Digital Impact 4Q4, I’m Chris Delatorre. Today’s four questions are for Nick Hamlin, Data Scientist at GlobalGiving. The member organization has put itself under the microscope with...

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Is GlobalGiving Making an Impact?

What We Tested Every social organization, GlobalGiving included, needs to know if it’s having an impact on the communities it serves. For us, that means understanding the ways in which we are (or aren’t!) helping our nonprofit partners around the world improve their own effectiveness and capacity to create change,…

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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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Social media data for social good: The pros and cons

With each passing day, new technologies crop up and become integral parts of our social media-entrenched, smart device-embedded lives. When we use these new technologies, we trade access to our intimate moments for convenience and entertainment. The petabytes of data generated by each waking (and sleeping!) nanosecond are a treasure…

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Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

Most organizations seek to focus the majority of their spending on programs and services, with the result that infrastructure like IT is often neglected. It can be difficult to see any advantages of investments in technology until after entire systems have been implemented and integrated, but the disadvantages of inefficient…

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Better is Good Enough: Putting Imperfect Data to Good Use

Math is nice isn’t it? That feeling of getting the right answer. 1 + 1 = 2. There is no other answer. It’s so clear. Something is either correct or incorrect. It’s not left open to interpretation. Our first exposure to numbers is usually this kind of simple mathematics. We…

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Measuring What Matters: A Hub for Impact Reporting Tools

Measuring what matters is a persistent challenge for a social entrepreneur. The emerging field of impact investing has increased demands on social entrepreneurs to report both financial and impact metrics to their investors. Social enterprises also need to track a variety of internal metrics that help them hone their products…

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Overhead is not the issue

I need to get this off my chest. I am sick and tired of hearing about overhead. I don’t even mean in the overhead-ratio police kind of way. I mean at all. It is an irrelevant metric. It is a complete and utter distraction from the measurements that really matter.…

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Have We Put Too Much Faith In Numbers?

There’s a lot of talk about measuring what matters in nonprofits. Used responsibly, data can open a world of opportunity for purpose-driven organizations. But as we recently explored, there is evidence of how data does the opposite, either intentionally by malicious actors or through unintended consequences of well-intended actions. For…

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