In a new Aspen Institute report, entitled Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data, authors Beth Novek and Daniel Goroff address the challenges of obtaining better, more usable data on the nonprofit sector to match the field’s growing importance in the US economy. Information for Impact, which was prepared for the Institute's Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, details how information found in the Form 990, like other important data collected by the government, could potentially be far more useful if it were not only public but "open"—thus, searchable and interactive as opposed to the forms currently available as pictures that do not allow for easy data collection.
Watch the video below to see the authors as well as White House and philanthropy leaders talk about this groundbreaking research.
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