Measurement & Evaluation

Who Will Pay for Data?

The quest to build an infrastructure for measuring social impact depends on targeting the right customers.

The measurement of social impact has become a widely shared objective within the social sector, and few people in the sector doubt the potential of impact data to transform their work. Yet among nonprofit groups, social enterprises, and other social-purpose organizations, the use of impact data remains surprisingly limited.

In 2014, I led a yearlong research effort that sought to make sense of this discrepancy. CoMetrics and the F. B. Heron Foundation commissioned the study, which focused on...


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Measurement & Evaluation

Practice Safe Stats! A PSA

Featuring Jake Porway 1

Listen to Jake Porway, founder and executive director of DataKind, talk about how to “practice safe stats”—that is, how to create data visualizations that are both accurate and inspiring.