Data: More Than Numbers (Or The Sum of Its Parts)

In Profiles & Interviews by Cynthia Gibson

Reliable and accessible data in the social sector is hard to come by. But, changing the way we generate, use, and share data is more than simply creating better collections of data. Independent consultant, Cynthia Gibson Ph.D., takes on this topic, starting with a brief look back at how we’ve arrived at this point and following with what we’ll need …

From Raw Data To Informed Decisions: What We Can Learn From The Financial Sector

In Profiles & Interviews by Sunand Menon2 Comments

The complexity of the “data” question is evident to the point of new cliché. Regardless of whether it is cliché or not, we have to deal with it. After any given round of wrestling with the question, we can often sense ways forward that are simple, powerful, and counterintuitive. That’s a small consolation en route to the next hard part: …

News: “MicroEdge Partners with Foundation Center on Glasspockets Transparency Initiative”

In Profiles & Interviews by Digital ImpactLeave a Comment

Markets For Good seeks to connect, align, and accelerate the work already in progress toward better use and sharing of data in the social sector. In that spirit, we keep an eye out to highlight other initiatives, events, etc. that are advancing the cause. Here is one to note, related to the significant and visible movements toward more transparency in …

But… Do Donors Want More Data on Nonprofits?

In Profiles & Interviews by Greg UlrichLeave a Comment

Greg Ulrich, Director, Advisory Services for Hope Consulting, offers a different perspective on people who donate to nonprofits and supports it with research. As individual donors, each one of us tends to “give from the heart,” but there’s more to it than that. Markets for Good is an initiative to discover how the social sector can better use and share …

Note From The Curator

In Profiles & Interviews by Digital ImpactLeave a Comment

Welcome to the first Note From The Curator. I look forward to writing these notes periodically to update you on our progress, to orient the conversation, and to keep our focus on ways to convert that conversation into action. We launched Markets for Good this past month. In these 30 days, we have seen a few interesting themes begin to …

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Markets for Good: Our Concept Paper

In Profiles & Interviews by Digital Impact

Click here to view the pdf in your browser.   As readers of this site are aware, Markets for Good is an effort to improve the system for generating, sharing, and acting upon data and information in the social sector. Our vision is of a social sector powered by information. We recognize that this vision is ambitious, and realize it …

What Is The Real-Time Supply Of Human Services?

In Profiles & Interviews by Erine Gray3 Comments

 At Markets For Good, we explore a wide range of themes on the use and sharing of data, but not for the sake of discussion itself: Instead, we want to discover what’s going on and how to connect, align, and accelerate what’s working. Think of this as upgrading the information infrastructure in the social sector. With that in mind, we …

Markets For Good: Upgrading The Infrastructure For Social Change

In Profiles & Interviews by Digital Impact6 Comments

As readers of this site are aware, Markets for Good is an effort to improve the system for generating, sharing, and acting upon data and information in the social sector. Our vision is of a social sector powered by information. We recognize that this vision is ambitious, and realize it will require many technical, behavioral, and cultural changes. It will …

Which Data? And Who Will Pay For It?

In Profiles & Interviews by Phil Buchanan1 Comment

Performance assessment is an acknowledged necessity for nonprofits to operate effectively and attract capital. Phil Buchanan discusses the role of foundations in helping nonprofits carry out this vital function and the challenges for everyone involved. Markets for Good is a welcome push for the development and use of data to inform better decisions and, ultimately, better philanthropy. I could not …