Why should the social sector be talking about data?

(Michael Lenczner) #1

We live in an information-driven world. Whether we like it or not, data has a growing influence on our day-to-day lives. In the last few years, we’ve seen the range of social implications stemming from data-related issues at home and abroad—from the fight to restore Canada’s long-form census, to activists using data to map police violence in America, to most recently, the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data breach. These examples, among many more, highlight the important role data has to play in informing policy decisions, strengthening advocacy and activism efforts, and prompting public discourse around issues of ethics, privacy, and digital security.

Our increasingly data-driven world will have a significant impact on the social sector. Nonprofits are already leveraging data solutions to deliver more efficient services, measure their impact, and inform their programming decisions. Our organization, Powered by Data, was created specifically to help the nonprofit sector navigate this rapidly evolving data landscape—and we’re excited to be exploring some of the exciting opportunities and new questions that come with it, here with you.

We want to hear from you. Are there projects, ideas, or topic areas with respect to data in the social sector that you’re interested in discussing? Looking forward to hearing more about what you’d be excited and curious to learn more about.