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Utilizing Social Media Data for Public Good

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Social media data can be seen as a double-edged sword: while individual privacy and security is a significant concern, social media data and the intelligence gained from data analytics can also help solve pressing public problems. The Governance Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering recently published a report that details the powerful potential of data collaboratives, a form of public-private partnerships that exchange …

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Moving society into the digital

In From the Field by Zara RahmanLeave a Comment

The following is a cross-post of a Feb. 14 blog originally published by Zara Rahman of The Engine Room, a nonprofit that helps activists, organizations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact. The Engine Room was part of the first cohort of Good Data grantees for their joint project known as the Good Data …

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Three concepts of social sector transformation

In From the Field by Alix DunnLeave a Comment

The following is a cross-post of a Sept. 27 blog originally published by Alix Dunn of The Engine Room, a nonprofit that helps activists, organizations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact. The Engine Room was part of the first cohort of Good Data grantees for their joint project known as the Good Data Collaborative. …

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Building better data policies with Digital Impact

In From the Field by Kevin ClarkLeave a Comment

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 to get creative about how to leverage the data we …

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Video: Digital Policy and Practice for the Nonprofit Sector

In From the Field by Laura SeamanLeave a Comment

On Jan. 17, Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (home of Digital Impact) hosted Digital Impact: Policy and Practice for the Nonprofit Sector in 2017, a panel exploring key questions such as: What are the key digital policy issues that matter to nonprofits in 2017? What are the most pressing challenges to nonprofits and activists? What should nonprofits, foundations and community activists …

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Announcing the Digital Impact World Tour

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Digital data offers a world of possibilities for civil society to achieve greater impact – data transforms how we operate, interact and serve constituents. At the same time, poorly-managed data can cause great harm. Civil society’s rising dependence on digital data and infrastructure has raised new ethical and governance challenges, generated a new set of regulatory actors, and made many …

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Leveraging donor data: Four common mistakes (and how to fix them)

In From the Field by Jeff GordyLeave a Comment

Nonprofit technology is advancing rapidly, meaning that organizations are now better able to capture donor data than ever before. Not only does new technology make data capture a seamless process, but it can also provide nonprofits with a wider range of data points to draw off of when developing their donor stewardship plans. To remain competitive in the sector, it’s increasingly …

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Only you can prevent forest fires

In From the Field by Andrew PatricioLeave a Comment

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 IT can negatively impact the organization as a whole. This …

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Measuring what matters: A hub for impact reporting tools

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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 and operations. With an already full plate of managing staff, …