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Why We Make Free, Public Information More Accessible and How You Can Help

February 16, 2017

One of the key roles the nonprofit sector plays in civil society is providing evidence about social problems and their solutions. Given recent changes to policies regarding the sharing of knowledge and evidence by federal agencies, that function is more critical than ever. Nonprofits deliver more than direct services such as running food banks or …

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

Special Collection: Multi-party Advocacy

February 15, 2017

For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. But these kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well. “Sticking points”, like conflicts over decision-making power or competition for resources, can derail advocacy-focused efforts and make even the most earnest collaborator wary. Given the current conversation around philanthropy’s role in funding …

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

Special Collection: Disconnected Youth

December 07, 2016

IssueLab’s new collection on the topic of disconnected youth brings together 139 reports, case studies, program evaluations, factsheets, and toolkits from nonprofits and foundations across the U.S. This diverse collection of “grey literature” from organizations both large and small, dates back 16 years and describes a broad range of approaches to meeting the needs of …

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

Special Collection: Risk and Philanthropy

October 31, 2016

Almost every philanthropic decision involves some consideration of risk, whether it’s financial, programmatic, or reputational. But how do foundation staff talk about, let alone manage, those risks? That’s exactly the question that Open Road Alliance asked us. And in response we gathered dozens of articles, blog posts, reports, case studies, and the all too rare toolkit, from across …

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

Special Collection: Race and Policing

July 18, 2016

Again and again the data show that people of color in the U.S. are being disproportionately, and systematically, stopped, frisked, arrested, and exposed to the use of force by police. Across the country, police departments and communities are struggling with these realities and with what has become a glaring divide in how Americans experience and …

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EVENTS

IssueLab Joins the SF Homeless Project

June 28, 2016

This week, Twitter’s Medium service is hosting the “SF Homeless Project” event which focuses (but doesn’t limit) attention on homelessness in the San Francisco/Bay Area. IssueLab is excited to be a part of this collaborative action! “Even if you aren’t in San Francisco or California, your voice matters. Homelessness is a problem that affects too …

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

Looking for Answers About Funding Intermediaries

June 23, 2016

IssueLab recently partnered with the Grants Managers Network (GMN) to explore a question that not only affects grants managers but also those individuals and organizations who often serve as the connective tissue between funder and grantee, funding intermediaries. What GMN wanted to know is this … when grantmakers use intermediary organizations, or “regranters”, they generally do so …

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EVENTS

Lessons Learned, Served Up Daily

June 13, 2016

We started IssueLab in 2006 after seeing nonprofits jettison valuable, legacy data from their websites to streamline their site design and save money. Organizations doing similar kinds of work often knew little about their peers and potential colleagues, and even less about what they were learning from their work. We knew there was a better way. …

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TECHNOLOGY

A Power (Grid) of Collective Intelligence

June 04, 2016

IssueLab’s system is built as an open and distributed system. New resources come into the system in a number of ways: directly from individual users and Knowledge Center curators; by harvesting and scraping data from other open systems; and by adding resources to the system ourselves as part of a special project or as part …

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OPEN KNOWLEDGE

A Lineage of Ideas

May 23, 2016

As a co-founder of IssueLab.org of course I believe we should share our research and encourage others to be forthcoming about the research–case studies, evaluations, and other reports–they produce or sponsor. One of the biggest reasons we created the site was to provide a kind of nonprofit infrastructure of ideas that operationalizes our belief that …

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