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December 11, 2012

More Charities Harnessing Data to Track Results

Nonprofit organizations are collecting and deploying greater amounts of data on the people they serve to measure success, boost efficiency, and garner backing from increasingly results-focused donors, Time magazine writes.

Sophisticated tracking by charities such Nurse-Family Partnerships, which pairs low-income mothers and family nurses for home visits, and Youth Villages, which serves at-risk youth in the foster-care and juvenile-justice systems, helps them adapt quickly to health and social indicators about their clients and show progress, Time says. Many supporters are encouraging the trend, directing grants to data-deploying groups.