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News and Events 3-23-12: Global Development, Impact Investing, Measurement, and More

March 23, 2012

Highlights & Events

Penn to help recruit 100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years: Our Center’s participation in the 100Kin10 Challenge to train and retain a group of 100,000 STEM teachers is highlighted in the Daily Pennsylvanian.

Save the Date, Tue 3/27 at 12PM EDT: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Twitter Chat for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Sector: For both funders and nonprofits, sector-specific indicators of success are often the most practical and meaningful. This upcoming twitter chat on monitoring and evaluation (hashtag: #WASHeval) by and the Foundation Center’s TRASI project, co-hosted by Ned Breslin (@NedBreslin) and Susan Davis (@Improve_Intl), will explore social impact assessment for those addressing issues of water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Save the Date, Thu 3/29, 6:30-9:30pm EDT: Symposium on Bullying Across the Lifespan: Targeting the Bully: We mentioned the importance of learning from evidence-based programs when addressing bullying. There is a symposium next week, sponsored by the SP2 Alumni Council, that will consist of three segments aimed at facilitating a conversation on bullying among: school-age youth, workforce adults, and dependent elderly. Register here.

Global Development

Jim Yong Kim to Be Named to World Bank Post: Dr. Jim Kim’s nomination for the presidency of the World Bank illustrates the interconnectedness of poverty and disease in health and economic development as we discussed in Haiti: How Can I Help? In fact, Dr Kim is one of the co-founders of Partners in Health whose Community-Based Primary Care System approach we discuss as a “Model in Practice” on pgs. 9-11.

Impact Investing and Philanthropy

Case Study: Investors for a social enterprise: Interesting case study in Financial Times examining how a start-up serving base-of-the-pyramid consumers took backing from both impact investors and venture capital.

Philanthropy Expert Richard Marker on What Every Donor Needs to Know: Forbes interview by Rahim Kanini on lessons learned, current trends, ongoing challenges and more in the philanthropic sector, with interviewee Richard Marker, Founder of NYU’s Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education and co-principal of Wise Philanthropy™.

Impact Measurement and Analysis

Matching Data Scientists and Nonprofits: The DC Datadive, a joint project of Data Without Borders and the American Express NGen Fellows Program at Independent Sector, aims to bring data scientists together to help nonprofits collect, analyze, and use their data. Nonprofits can benefit from the use of data to visualize areas of high need, create alert systems, and measure progress towards their goals. See below video of Data Without Borders founder, Jake Porway:

“There’s all this data available to help them (e.g. governments, the World Bank) maximize their impact and no one is looking at it…We have social organizations with all this data but no one to look at it.”

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