A couple of think pieces on the social sector, data and the scientific method. Yes, ‘social sector’ means they are by American authors, but still worth a read this side of the pond.
Firstly, why the social sector doesn’t truly have big data, and data is not (currently) changing the social sector. It doesn’t have the “data exhaust” available for use at little cost in the corporate world. Effective sector data use will require significant investment. Read the guest blog on Social Velocity ‘Data is not changing the world‘.
And on Stanford Social Innovation Review, ‘Why the Social Sector Needs the Scientific Method‘ draws on a flawed study on deworming children, and new studies that expose the errors, to reveal why activists and philanthropists alike need safeguards in impact evaluations.