Big Challenges, Crazy Ideas

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in community development, evaluation, foundations, global health, international development, nonprofit, philanthropy, research, social policy, Uncategorized |

The Charities Review Council couldn’t have brought in a more appropriate presenter than Michael Faye to speak at its recent conference on Disruptive Philanthropy.  Michael is one of the founders of GiveDirectly, a private international development organization that gives cash to the poor in Kenya and Uganda via cell phone technology, no strings attached.  As Michael observed, giving cash to poor people-what a crazy idea! This is in contrast to...

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Texas Tackles the Graduation Gap

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in achievement gap, education, research, social policy, Uncategorized |

I’m a geek, I admit it.  I like data, facts, information. Not for itself but for what it teaches us and how it can help us plan and improve social programs, policies and conditions. Case in point:  I just read a fascinating article about an ambitious experiment the University of Texas at Austin is embarking on to increase 4 year graduation rates. UT’s data team sifted through decades of student data looking for patterns associated with...

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