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From The Field

 

On-the-ground reports from social enterprises and other projects around the world

 

Technology & Design

The Challenge of Scaling Digitally

The role of emerging technologies in traditionally “high-touch” development organizations—insights from BRAC’s recent Frugal Innovation Forum.

By Maria A. May | Apr. 18, 2014
 

Foundations

Foundation Learning: The Case for Productive Anxiety

A greater sense of urgency can help foundations better use their strategy and evaluation data to learn, unlearn, and improve.

By Diana Scearce | 5 | Apr. 17, 2014
 
SSIR blogger Thaler Pekar is the principal partner of Thaler Pekar & Partners. She facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling.

Reflection Through Narrative

How international organizations gain insight, innovation, and internal alignment through story.

 

Philanthropy

Measuring Impact Isn’t for Everyone

Collecting data to demonstrate your organization’s impact is great to do when you should, wasteful when you should not.

By Mary Kay Gugerty & Dean Karlan | Apr. 2, 2014
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Seven Elements of Social Innovation

A new framework emerges for social innovation education.

By Ilaina Rabbat, with Roshan Paul | 2 | Apr. 1, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Grantmaking, Public Policy…and Tums

Exemplary grantmakers follow evidence, not presumptions, and recognize that effective strategy requires transforming enough things, not everything.

By Michael M. Weinstein | Mar. 26, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Strategic Planning and Evaluation: Tools for Realizing Results

To enable significant impact, organizations should ask three key questions and decide if formal planning and evaluation are the right approaches to finding the answers.

By Paul Carttar | 2 | Mar. 21, 2014
 

Foundations

Managing Organizational Knowledge: Five Lessons

Better knowledge management depends on knowing what you don’t know.

By Tim Hanrahan | 1 | Mar. 18, 2014
 
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Philanthropy

Developing a Culture of Knowledge Management

The three types of data foundations need—and how they must use them.

By Brad Smith | 1 | Mar. 11, 2014
 

Nonprofit Management

Building a Resilient Volunteer Organization

How one volunteer relief organization’s approach and recruitment policies has allowed it to grow and remain relevant to the populations it serves.

By Peggy Fan | 1 | Mar. 10, 2014