FirstEval-Melissa Kovacs


The Future is …. Data!

Lucy Bernholz via the Stanford Social Innovation Review has an interesting blog post on what the next ten years will hold for nonprofits.  The author looks in to her crystal ball and predicts that philanthropists will be interested in data analysis over the next ten years, similar to how evaluation was added as a strong component to foundations’ work over the past decade.  I agree that robust data should drive planning and decision-making.  As well, earlier this year the New America Foundation hosted a DataJam – conference – on this relationship between data and philanthropy.  Access to data is certainly increasing in reach and importance, as evidenced by this fall’s biggest news item – Wikileaks.  We would be naïve to think it won’t influence the way we conduct philanthropy, too.

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