Tim O'Reilly notes the following great examples of innovators around "transparency in government" and recommends they consider joining the incoming Presidential administration.
"I'm thinking of folks behind initiatives like the Sunlight Foundation, or Everyblock, or public.resource.org. Heck, I'd even reach out to the geniuses behind mysociety.org in the UK."Is there a parallel list of philanthropic accountability, nonprofit innovators? Months ago I posted these "maps" to show some of what was out there in the information market:
This paper* from the Hewlett Foundation takes a different look at the marketplace for information in the sector. This story in Monday's Washington Post looks at a nascent discussion on need for metrics and transparency - although I have to say I think the story is a wrong on almost every important issue - from the purpose of the group to the problem in the field. There is no shortage of metrics, there is a shortage of comprehensive ones. The problem is a lack of consistency or comparative understanding of which measures matter - which measure do I use if I care about program effectiveness? What about leadership quality or sustainability? Is there a way to find out about "customer satisfaction?"
We have measures and measurers - here's an incomplete list I've been keeping of measures or measurers (feel free to add to this):
- New Philanthropy Capital,
- Venture Philanthropy Partners,
- Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
- Charity Navigator
- Nonprofit Finance Fund
- Center for What Works,
- Great Nonprofits
- Xigi.net Social Capital Index
- Keystone's "Impact" sessions
- Urban Institute Outcome Indicators
- Acumen Fund/Google/Salesforce's Portfolio Data Management
- From Fragmentation to Function: Critical Concepts and Writings on Social Capital Market’s Structure
- Performance data commons
- UPenn's Center on High Impact Philanthropy
- Social Venture Technology Group
- HIP Investor
- Fast Company's Social Capitalist Awards
- The Nonprofit Reporter
- Think Social Impact
*FULL DISCLOSURE: I participated in the Alliance for Social Investing meeting discussed in the Washington Post story. I am no longer on the board of GiveWell. I am an advisor to The Nonprofit Reporter. I am a member of the group Think Social Impact. I know people at and have worked with many of the other organizations listed above. My company and my work are mentioned in the Hewlett report.