Although we have big problems and need organizations with the capacity to respond and get in front of them, you don’t have to be big to achieve meaningful impact. Moreover, growth in size does not guarantee growth in impact. If the impact wave is too focused on models and outcomes that can only be scaled and broadly replicated, there’s a chance of overlooking the unique impact of small, community-based nonprofits. One of the common pushbacks to the adoption and use of more data in the sector is that small organizations are unable to collect and share data. In this section of Impacting Responsibly, Hanson seeks to examine whether that is indeed true and what possible benefits a more data-driven sector might bring to impactful smaller organizations.
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