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Digital literacy: A core capacity for 21st century nonprofits

In Viewpoints by Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.0 Comments

Over the last twenty years nonprofit organizations have gotten steadily better at financial management, communications, and evaluation. For many organizations these are now core capacities. Such changes were driven by several factors, and in turn have informed and helped drive the impact investment movement, social media for good efforts, and collective evaluation and evidence-based decision making efforts. Building capacity in …

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Announcing the Digital Impact World Tour

In From the Field, Events, Digital Impact World Tour by Digital Impact0 Comments

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 …

“Markets for What?”: Refining Our Questions Before Defining The Data

In Profiles & Interviews by David Henderson0 Comments

In this edition of “Notes From The Field,” David Henderson speaks on how better data can actually lead to greater impact, by examining a critical assumption behind the request for better data: that it lands in the hands of skilled users. This isn’t a point to leave at assumption. I wouldn’t assume that buying Usain Bolt’s decidedly better track shoes …

Beth Kanter: Doing The Math Ourselves

In Profiles & Interviews by Beth Kanter3 Comments

What are the skills and mindsets that nonprofits need to embrace data for social change? Guest blogger Beth Kanter talks about data-literacy as an in-house necessity for nonprofits. In a resource constrained world, many nonprofits view measurement and data as “yet anotherthing on our to-do list” or as a lost cause because “we don’t have that expertise on staff.”