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.
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Bixler, R. P., Zappone, M., Li, L. R., & Atshan, S. (2018). Unpacking the Role of Data in Philanthropy: Prospects for an Integrated Framework. The Foundation Review, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.9707/1944-5660.1415