Measurement & Evaluation New ways to measure and evaluate the impact an organization’s work has on society
Is it possible to use data to make predictions without enforcing existing biases?
A new approach to scaling is needed in which the goal is scaling up social impact for public good.
The National Arts Index established a quantitative measure for arts vitality in the United States that aided public discussion by policy makers and the arts community. In the era of big data, what can we learn from its creation and impact?
It’s time for nonprofits to recognize that diverse groups are more innovative and better performing, and to apply that insight to their organizations’ governing bodies.
Rhonda Evans looks at lessons from Monitor Institute’s Re-imagining Measurement initiative.
Stanford's Michael Bernstein discusses how computational systems can create collectives of experts to solve problems.
Steve Schwartz of Upaya Social Ventures, Meg Garlinghouse of LinkedIn for Good, and Corey Marshall and Splunk4Good look at real-life examples of Silicon Valley companies that are helping social sector organizations use data more effectively.
Stanford's Rob Reich and George Triantis, and Eli Sugarman of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Cyber Initiative, discuss the urgent need for better understanding of cyber-social systems.
For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider"—as a shorthand way to describe the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.
Social return on investment is an underutilized yet surprisingly flexible tool for making strong resource allocation decisions that maximize nonprofit impact.
Rigorous impact evaluations tell us a lot about the world, not just the particular contexts in which they are conducted. Access to this article made possible by MIT.
Unethical behavior remains a persistent problem in nonprofits and for-profits alike. To help organizations solve that problem, the authors examine the factors that influence moral conduct, the ethical issues that arise specifically in charitable organizations, and the best ways to promote ethical behavior within organizations.