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Commentary and analysis on social innovation ideas and approaches

 
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Government

Liberating 990 Data

Sharing nonprofits’ Form 990 tax data in a comprehensive and easy-to-access manner may open the door to more collaboration and innovation within the sector.

By Beth Simone Noveck | 7 | Feb. 4, 2013
 

Education

A First Step for Ed Reform: Getting the Metrics Right

Many programs targeting low-performing students rely on data that doesn’t indicate a real understanding of impact on students’ lives.

By Alexa Culwell | 8 | Feb. 4, 2013
 
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Fundraising

The Flock to Social Media

Are nonprofits risking alienation from traditional donors?

By Erika Racicot | Jan. 30, 2013
 
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Socially Responsible Business

Impact Sourcing: A Critical Path for Social Change

Responsible sourcing of products and services can strengthen and transform deprived social economies.

By David Batstone | 3 | Jan. 29, 2013
 

Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Impact Through Field Experiments

It is important to remember that while all this studying is great, innovators should place a higher priority on helping people when some program or product is effective.

By Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan | Jan. 25, 2013
 

Measuring Social Impact

How to Ask the Right Questions

Who is the target population for a microcredit intervention? Your answer will depend largely on where you sit: Academics and microfinance institutions will be interested in different groups of people.

By Jenny Stefanotti | Jan. 25, 2013
 

Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Impact Over Time

It is perhaps no coincidence that the development community’s biggest successes—eradication initiatives like polio and smallpox—are precisely the ones that made monitoring central to their work.

By Ned Breslin | Jan. 25, 2013
 

Measuring Social Impact

The Mismeasure of Impact

Data scientists and information economists are beginning to pair with social innovators to understand the dynamics of interventions and to separate what works from what doesn’t.

By Andrew Zolli | 4 | Jan. 25, 2013
 

Health

Not A Spectator Experience

Health care reforms will drive nonprofit transformation.

By Kevin Johnson | Jan. 25, 2013
 

Nonprofit Management

The Cliff of Unintended Consequences

Making a case for nonprofit talent development.

By Alexandra Mitchell & Jeffrey Pryor | 3 | Jan. 24, 2013