Andrew Wolk has an interesting post on his blog today that stresses the critical need to prioritize data in our efforts to advance a social innovation agenda for the country. He credits our CEO & President, Jane Wales, for her leadership in advising the planning of the new White House Office of Social Innovation, and identifies two major data issues that deserve its focus:
1. The “first challenge” is the better use of current data, including how and what we collect
2. And the second – and far more complex – challenge is the need to develop some type of taxonomy that lets us drive performance based on agreed-upon indicators for different social issues.
Paul Brest has a great post on this from yesterday that goes further in-depth on the need to incorporate standard metrics across the nonprofit world to better measure impact.