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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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In From the Field by Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.Leave a Comment

  The Markets for Good team at Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab is pleased to announce the launch of a new project to help nonprofits and foundations co-create and share practices for using digital data in line with their missions. We believe that these practices, policies, and tools need to be invented by the sector, for the sector. So …

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The New GuideStar Nonprofit Profile

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  I’m excited to announce a major milestone in GuideStar’s history.   GuideStar’s vision is to drive philanthropy by increasing nonprofit data collection, distribution, and innovation. Today, we take a giant leap toward further achieving that vision. I am happy to officially debut our completely redesigned GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles.   We started this redesign process by asking you and ourselves one …

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Unearthing Data to Unleash Impact: Using Unique Data Sources to Drive Change

In Profiles & Interviews by Nick Eng and Neal Myrick

  Introduction At DataKind and Tableau Foundation, we regularly work with nonprofits that have important questions to answer, but not necessarily the data to do so.   Or, at least, they don’t think they have the data to do so.   The truth is, in this awesome age of the Internet, satellites, sensors and extreme connectivity, there’s an abundance of …

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How To Stem The Global Shortage Of Data Scientists

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  The term “data scientists” was rarely used 20 years ago, even 10 years ago most employers didn’t grasp the value of this specific skill set. A data scientist uses a combination of computer science, statistics, operations research, engineering, business insights and strategy to interpret data and find key insights. Now, the term is widely used and it is one …

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How Come This Foundation’s Grantees Love its Reporting Process So Much?

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    Most charities hate the reporting which funders make them do. Notionally a learning process, it’s often just compliance, box-ticking and a dead-weight cost. But not so apparently for the Inter-American Foundation, an independent US government agency which grant-funds citizen-led community development across Latin America and the Caribbean. IAF seems to be a positive outlier: it has twice undertaken the …

Lucy Bernholz: Let Our Data Define Us, Part II

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In Part I of  “Let Our Data Define Us”, guest blogger Lucy Bernholz charged the social sector to be the standard-bearer for one of biggest issues of our time: how we use data. She continues the thought here and outlines a new definition for the sector at the forefront of taking on our biggest challenges. Ours is a sector that …

Welcome to the Markets For Good conversation!

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Welcome to the Markets for Good conversation! We hope that this site will serve as the “virtual water cooler” for a sustained, thoughtful conversation about what is needed to improve the social sector’s ability to generate, share, and use information. This conversation encompasses the spectrum of capital and enterprises devoted to social good, from philanthropy to impact investing. We intend …

Lucy Bernholz: Let Our Data Define Us – Part I

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In this, the first of a two-part post, guest blogger Lucy Bernholz issues a challenge to the social sector: to discover the potential in our data and to change the way we use it . Solutions to shared social challenges should not be proprietary. To achieve our social missions we should share what we know – widely, accessibly, and openly. …