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Considers several ways in which data can help philanthropic organizations improve their missions, as well as pathways toward making philanthropy more data-driven.
Broadly speaking, when analyzed responsibly data and data science can provide philanthropies with an improved analysis or understanding of the situation or problem; help predict future trends or help evaluate the impact of investments made.
This in turn can perfect the way philanthropies function in three broad ways:
First, having access to data and data science can influence the overall operations of philanthropies, making them run more efficiently.
Second, data can transform how philanthropies are governed, making them more accountable — a topic of major importance in the current philanthropic landscape.
Third, data can increase the impact of an organization’s mission by allowing them to make evidence-based decisions and continuously adjust their activities to take account of realities on the ground.