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Why Making Predictions Is So Difficult in the Social Sector

Posted January 5, 2012 | 12:16:28 (EST)

As 2011 comes to an end and we look forward to 2012, pieces predicting what will happen in the coming year are popular in every industry, including the social sector. While making predictions is no easy task, not even for psychics, making predictions in the social sector is...

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What Is the Social Value of Blogging?

Posted December 29, 2011 | 23:15:32 (EST)

Professionally I do two things; I help organizations make high impact data-oriented decisions, and I write. As 2011 draws to a close, I reflect on another year helping a lot of great organizations increase their social impact, and a pile of blog posts that I hope help advance the...

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There Is More to Ending Homelessness Than Simply Building Affordable Housing

5 Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 16:32:10 (EST)

In my heart, I'm a Californian, but for the last year and a half I've been living in Pittsburgh attending graduate school. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where housing is scarce, then moved down to Los Angeles for nine years, the homeless capital of the country,...

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Alternative Poverty Measure More Accurately Identifies Who Is Poor in the United States

2 Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 12:18:21 (EST)

People love ratings. You can find a top ten list for just about anything. Of course, part of why we love ratings is because there is a degree of arbitrariness in almost any ranking algorithm, leaving room for controversy and debate.

While rating a person's social media Klout...

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Decline in Giving to Human Services Means Nonprofits Must Improve

Posted August 2, 2011 | 11:42:57 (EST)

About a month ago Giving USA released a report on charitable giving in 2010. The report found that on the whole charitable giving increased modestly in 2010 relative to the prior year.

While most in philanthropic circles received the report with guarded optimism, the report had decidedly bad news...

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Social Networks and Social Impact

Posted July 6, 2011 | 18:32:22 (EST)

Growing up I didn't care much for superhero stories. In order for there to be a hero there necessarily has to be a victim. I figured since no one really wants to be the victim, I should not aspire to be a hero.

Perhaps that is why I've never been...

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United States Acknowledges Relationship Between Homelessness and Human Rights. So What?

Posted March 21, 2011 | 19:00:58 (EST)

As a kid, I always thought of poverty as a global phenomenon rather than a local reality. Back then, just a few short decades ago, the United States was respected as a land of prosperity and opportunity, a far cry from the Third World America it has become.

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