Most Popular Philanthropy Metrics Stories of 2010

6. Our Philanthropy Metrics team traveled to Burundi in June between elections there to perform a country wide survey examining the secondary impact of a three year neglected tropical disease project.

5. In December, Transpanency International published it 2010 Global Corruption Barometer Report which indicated that ninety two percent of Kenyans believe that the police force is the most corrupt institution in Kenya. We looked into this survey methodology to report some weaknesses in the study that likely bias the results towards those living in urban areas.

4. In April and May, we had a two part article on the importance of monitoring and evaluation. Philanthropies often focus on setting goals, but do little to measure if goals are met, leading to a lack of data and a crisis in writing the final report. In the first article, we provided options for those who find themselves without sufficient data upon completion of their project. The second article provides both basic and more advanced options for those who want to do M&E correctly.

3. In January, the world was drawn to a small island off the coast of Florida. The earthquake that rocked Haiti led to a herculean search and rescue (SAR) effort from the international community. Unfortunately, the benefit of human lives saved was small while the cost was massive, leading to an article questioning the rationale for large SAR operations.

2. The article on The Right and Wrong Way to Survey highlighted the fact that surveys are harder to do well than most people think and are often designed poorly, leading to faulty data that can lead to erroneous decisions being made. We provided a step-by-step guide for you to get started in doing your own survey.

1. In February, we were on a conference call with Sean Stannard-Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy hosted by Philanthropy Action looking at the role of qualitative metrics in good philanthropic practices. The highlight of the call was the need for a more blended approach by using both quantitative and qualitative tools for decision-making.

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