Data resources

Alliance magazine

‘For data to be useful in philanthropy they have to be known, accessible, and compoundable (able to be mixed and combined).’ So wrote Lucy Bernholz in a post on her Philanthropy 2173 blog in July. The following resources and examples, from philanthropy and beyond, are intended to help you think about your data in new and more interactive ways.

Examples from the field

Data analysis and visualization applied to a range of traditional foundation activities, from evaluation to communicating issues of concern to tracking the nation’s health.

Annie E Casey Foundation: KidsCount Data Center
One of the first rich, data-driven applications from a foundation; provides access to hundreds of measures of child well-being in the US, by and across states and in a mobile format.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Infographics
Information graphics designed to help explain the aims and impact of the foundation’s work, from vaccine delivery to supporting women farmers in developing countries.

California HealthCare Foundation: Medical Variation Rates
Interactive map that presents, in multiple formats, elective surgery and other procedure rates across California relative to state averages.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play; ranks the health of nearly every county in the US.

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