Is "Ambient Data" from Social Media Channels Useful for Funders?

Last week the Packard Foundation hosted a convening on “Data Informed Philanthropy,” an effort to explore and build digital systems that enable philanthropies to be truly data-informed.This term means having effective systems for collecting, analyzing, and making sense of datato inform and enable greater impact with funding.Here’s a small list of articles and blog posts that help frame this topic, including how the term “Data-Informed” was using in my recent book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.”The convening used participatory methods to identify topics for small group conversations related to the theme and was expertly facilitated