As Obama addresses the most diverse Congress in history, a look at the state of diversity in the union of philanthropy.
Mobile broadband will revolutionize learning networks around content delivery and workforce development.
Investing to stop disasters before they start can save lives and money.
Local currency systems could strengthen metro economies and provide funds to address climate change and other urban problems.
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Many programs targeting low-performing students rely on data that doesn’t indicate a real understanding of impact on students’ lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.