Finding, fostering and funding the curious. Britt Lake, Global Giving
GlobalGiving is making a big bet – that organizations that are curious and focused on learning are making the world a better place at a faster rate than those that are not as focused on learning. We’re putting our money where our mouth is, and have created a system – linked with the GlobalGiving web platform – that tracks and rewards nonprofits for learning with funding to carry out their work.
While many nonprofit organizations are interested in learning in order to drive results, limited time and tight budgets make it difficult to invest in feedback and continual improvement. Simultaneously, funders typically pay for outputs without investing in organizational capacity to develop evaluative processes. GlobalGiving aims to address this incentive gap by rewarding the use of processes and tools that lead to effectiveness gains. In this lightning talk, we’ll showcase GG Rewards, GlobalGiving’s platform for measuring and incentivizing learning and impact among its 3000+ nonprofit partners in 160+ countries.
This unique approach involves using technology to support organizations as they move through a cycle of listening to stakeholders, acting to test new ideas, learning what works and what doesn’t based on these tests, then repeating this process to build capacity iteratively. Through GG Rewards, GlobalGiving tracks organizations as they use these tools to improve performance, rolls these metrics into a personalized dashboards for every organization, then rewards progress with extra exposure in search results, marketing efforts, and corporate partnerships. The end result is millions of dollars a year flowing to higher-performing organizations.
Nick Hamlin is GlobalGiving’s data scientist. He wears many hats. Whether tackling strategic questions, building and maintaining the GG Rewards algorithm, or designing experiments to measure program impact, Nick lives to make GlobalGiving’s data accessible, understandable, and actionable for everyone. Prior to joining GlobalGiving, he worked as a reliability consulting engineer for Fortune 500 companies around the world and held NSF research positions in China and Thailand. He’s also part of the team behind Aidsight, an app allowing non-tech users to easily explore IATI data to unpack hidden relationships between organizations and validate data quality. Nick holds a Masters of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley’s School of Information as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester. Outside the office, he is a folk music street performer, amateur haiku poet, and worm farmer. More about Nick on Twitter @nicholashamlin or at GlobalGiving.