Digital Civil Society Lab

Digital Impact

Digital data hold tremendous promise for creating impact in the social sector, and they also raise new challenges.

Digital Impact (formerly Markets for Good) is an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab to improve the data infrastructure for social good and help civil society organizations use digital resources safely, ethically and effectively. Digital Impact is made possible with the ongoing support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the progressive financial firm Liquidnet, and Knight Foundation.

A core capacity of nonprofits and foundations is managing and governing digital data in ways that advance your mission and respect the rights of the people you serve. We support this capacity by:

  • fostering a robust online community dedicated to the exchange of practical data-related knowledge and expertise;
  • hosting in-person events that support knowledge sharing, ideation, research, and cross-sector collaboration; and
  • cultivating innovation and original research through grants and mentorship to select practitioners and partners in the field.
  • developing and sharing ready-to-use tools, policies and resources for digital data governance in the social sector

In July 2016 Digital Impact (then Markets for Good) launched the first round of Good Data Grants to support scholarly research and practical innovations to improve decision-making in philanthropy and the social sector. We aim to support research, prototypes, and shared learning that can help donors and social sector organizations use digital data safely, ethically, and effectively to improve their work. Learn more here.