Increasing numbers of change agents are exploring and applying new tools and technologies for data, mapping and analysis that can inform decision-making, build engagement and track impact. Kaiser Permanente (KP), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and our other partners saw a strategic opportunity for funders to learn about what this means for the health and social sectors in a deliberate way. We engaged Network Impact to conduct research to highlight opportunities for funders to advance their organizational goals while creating shared value and leveraging current investments in data and technology.
Our hope is that this research will advance a discussion within the health and social sectors to prioritize support for a healthy data ecosystem that will allow change agents from large private foundations to community based organizations to take advantage of innovations in the use of data and technology to increase the impact of their work.
Preview of Key Findings
Three overarching priorities emerged for bringing the social sector up to speed with other sectors that are more effectively leveraging data and technology in their work:
The research summary also highlights critical areas of investment as well as innovative projects that are helping funders and organizations better understand:
We started this research focusing on the technology tools being used and developed for social and health change agents. We were surprised by how much agreement there was across the field that the tools were just a small piece of the puzzle. The biggest emphasis was on how important it was for philanthropy to help fuel sector-wide change and capacity building. Therefore, we widened our inquiry to look at the larger ecosystem of data and technology to advance efforts to support healthy, equitable and sustainable communities.
Actions You Can Take Now: