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Maternity Foundation (MF) is a Danish development organization, aiming to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries. MF launched its Safe Delivery mobile application to improve maternal health worldwide. According to Ida Marie Boas, Program Manager for mHealth and Monitoring & Evaluation, “There is a constant need for innovation.” This requirement pushed MF to scale efforts globally and leapfrog its data analytics maturity through an affordable technological platform.
The free smartphone app is designed to help birth attendants in developing countries improve evidence-based emergency obstetric care.
It also enables MF to assess health workers’ real-time progress. MF will use SaaS-based tools to continue to analyze application data, document impact, inform product development and share a credible narrative with stakeholders.
Stop the Traffik (STT), a human trafficking prevention organization, is leveraging low-cost digital tools to develop an accurate globalized perspective of the issue. Through its STOP APP, the nonprofit collects GPS data of trafficking hotspots and puts it in the hands of grassroots organizations to elicit frontline response and build resilient communities.
A cloud database, donated through a corporate grant, supports STT in creating immediate access to incoming data from the STOP APP. In addition, STT’s data analytics resources have increased with analyst software licenses and training of STT’s volunteers in operating. Both tools enable STT speed to market with its application in the hands of smartphone users.
According to Neil Giles, the Director of STT, “(This grant) has made us technologically more effective and efficient and a better partner for others. For some, it’s been the impetus to have a serious conversation with us.”
Creating a data-driven culture
Covenant House International (CHI) is a global organization that provides shelter and supportive services to runaway, homeless and trafficked youth in 30 cities across six countries. CHI employs a centralized data management platform to ensure that every constituent across all 30 sites is being captured in the system. Program staff are capturing demographics and client history, service delivery, and outcomes data for young people receiving services across the federation.
To increase adoption of the tool within the federation structure, executive senior leadership has created online forums to share best practices, dashboards to track data quality and a learning collaborative to provide data management guidance to staff members.
The learning experience consisted of online and in-person trainings and engaged all levels of staff, from executive leadership to frontline youth advisors.
One goal was to drive a cultural shift, in part by identifying program administrators and "data champions," self-anointed culture carriers who are passionate about data. According to David Howard, Senior Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Learning, "One of the holy grails in this work is finding strategies that really make data relevant and informative to the front-line staff…To be able to show specific data to a worker and demonstrate that it is meant to inform their practice is truly powerful."
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Association for Enterprise Opportunity gains deeper insights through an analytics ecosystem
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) creates economic opportunity by supporting development of strong and effective U.S. microbusiness initiatives to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding businesses.
With a partner, AEO performed a market sizing and segmentation analysis of 11 million records to gain a comprehensive view of U.S.-based low-wealth businesses. While AEO had not manipulated such a large dataset before – it was also donated – the initiative enabled it to become one of the first organizations to quantify a market of underserved entrepreneurs on a national scale.
Moreover, the sizing effort was catalytic in enabling AEO to develop a platform to connect small business owners from low-wealth communities with community development financial institutions, and initiate conversations centered on policy change with the U.S. Department of Treasury and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. AEO’s journey illustrates the importance of forging community partnerships and mutually beneficial relationships to catalyze stronger social impact.
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Fasttrack into Information Technology (FIT) is a workforce development nonprofit organization that aims to promote an inclusive Smart Economy by empowering unemployed populations with marketable technical skills in Ireland. FIT partnered with IBM through an Impact Grant to assess the effectiveness of FIT’s aptitude assessment tests to better understand constituent long-term outcomes.
The FIT team was able to quickly advance their analytics capabilities through the use of a subscription based software called SPSS. They trained their internal team to execute more advanced models by strategically outsourcing initial support through a consultancy grant. After a model was built to test the aptitude assessment, FIT trained staff to maintain the ongoing resource.
Following the analysis, FIT developed stronger support networks for underserved constituent segments and collaborated with local government to improve women’s economic opportunities. The analysis was catalytic for the organization. Seeing the impact created by placing an increased focus on empowering a high-risk segment, executive staff was determined to begin the process of creating a data driven culture within the organization. FIT is now going beyond the use SaaS tools, and exploring mobile data collection and cloud based central repositories to advance their capabilities and continue to drive social impact.