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ENTRY TITLE

Social Impact Database
IDEA BY: Michale Goldberger LOCATION: USA CATEGORY: Social Responsibility

ENTRY TITLE

Social Impact Database
IDEA BY: Michale Goldberger
LOCATION: USA
CATEGORY: Social Responsibility

ENTRY DESCRIPTION

Historically, the field of social impact has developed in ways largely determined by passion, funding, and minimal data; it has the potential to become more organized, collaborative, and accountable through the creation of a social impact database.

Historically, passion, funding, and minimal data have shaped the field of social impact; it has the potential to become more organized, collaborative, and accountable through the creation of a social impact database. The database will include all publications (research documents, impact assessments, implementation documents, etc) from various organizations, to make finding information convenient and easily searchable. At this time, organizations do not know which other organizations work in their field and likely have not read their publications because the information is hard to find. By making information more accessible, redundancy of work can be reduced. To make the platform most effective, each social impact organization will have a username, which contains information such as email address, contact phone number, main office location, mission statement, etc. With that username, the organization can upload documents related to their work (specifying: title of work, type of document, authors, content, etc). Before an organization can get a username, it must be verified by the site as a credible institution, creating higher standards for rigorous work in this field. Additionally, some organizations may be given restricted usernames, to allow them to be searchable as an organization but disallow them to post their work (because the rigor and credibility of their work is low). The database will make finding contact information for other stakeholders easier, thus encouraging collaboration. The documents will also be searchable (by type of work, location, publication date, etc), allowing organizations to find and share ideas and ask questions. Making the social impact field more organized, collaborative, and accountable will create huge long-term impacts by making the work of hundreds of thousands of organizations more effective. The funding from this grant will be used to create a pilot site, after which more funding will be used to expand the work.