Getting a better understanding of what data and information is “in time” and what is “too late” for action is imperative for effective philanthropy.

Another way to do and measure philanthropy to produce direct measurable results.

In a recent Wall Street Journal column, Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster and the founding president of Facebook, called on the philanthropy community to do what he and his fellow digital pioneers did to create today’s tech giants: “‘Hack’ complex problems using elegant technological and social solutions, and an almost religious belief in the power of data to aid in solving those problems.”

Getting a better understanding of what data and information is “in time” and what is “too late” for action is imperative.

For example, lagging indicators are the big goals for philanthropy — increasing college success rates, reducing crime, increasing healthy choices, providing more play space in a community. They are the targets toward which all giving should lead.

I develop projects to assist educators and stakeholders improve student transitions across the educational segments. education, school improvement, using data

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