Some of GV's favorite tools...
DATA ETHICS & EQUITY IN DATA SCIENCE
We All Count is a project for equity in data science, spearheaded by Heather Krause of Datassist,—a data science consultancy for nonprofits and data journalists. We All Count does fantastic work demystifying, democratizing, and demonstrating (and articulating!) ethical data science. From their website: "Who can be a part of We All Count? Everyone. Citizens, thought leaders, computer scientists, students, evaluation professionals, journalists, artists, decision makers — everyone."
SYSTEMS PRACTICE & SYSTEMS MAPPING
Kumu is a powerful data visualization platform that helps you organize complex information into interactive relationship maps—Kumu has been instrumental in helping me think through my approaches to this work. They also funneled me towards the Omidyar Group's Systems Practice workbook—the same one that sparked my inclusion of an SAT analysis in the Data Ecosystem Diagnostic Framework!
I love their Actionable Impact Management Framework, helpful for facilitating Theories of Change and the metrics to monitor progress to them. These workbooks have helped me craft the language necessary to bring both leadership and line-level staff along in data-driven transformation.
STRATEGY + TACTICS
The sheer volume and severity of the social issues many are facing these days is huge. Karl E. Weick's Small Wins: Redefining the Scale of Social Problems has informed my personal and professional philosophy: we need bite-sized and opportunistic actions if we're going to make any sustainable progress. A three-page to-do list makes me want to take a nap, but if I sift that large list into chewable bites, I'll likely get some decent work done.
I also love Faster Than 20's toolkits. They've done a great job trying to reclaim the word 'failure' in the social sector. I also love the idea of collaborative literacy...
NEWS, UPDATES & OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE FIELD
I like to keep an eye on Stanford PACS, ImpactAlpha, Digital Impact, and any other wonky stuff I can get my hands on. Books I'm reading or have read recently include Dan Pallotta's Uncharitable, Jed Emerson's The Purpose of Capital, Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics, Anand Giridharadas' Winners Take All, Andrew Cornell's Oppose and Propose and The Revolution Will Not Be Funded compiled by Incite!