This article reports qualitative research that explores the role of data in philanthropy and proposes an integrated framework. Interviews with charitable foundations in central Texas, including members of a regional evaluation and learning collaborative, reveal an orientation toward data that is becoming increasingly institutionalized.
The research suggests that data are generated and used in a multiplicity of ways, including identifying populations and geographies in need of investment, informing funding decisions for service delivery as well as policy research and advocacy; evaluation and learning; and measuring community impact.
This article discusses these thematic findings, notes specific practices, and presents six principles for integrating a data perspective into philanthropy.
Bixler, R. Patrick; Zappone, Marisa; Li, Lin Rui; and Atshan, Samer
"Unpacking the Role of Data in Philanthropy: Prospects for an Integrated Framework,"
The Foundation Review:
2, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/tfr/vol10/iss2/8
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