Markets for Good- an effort by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and others- aims at enabling a social sector that is powered by information.

"Where interventions are more effective and innovative, where capital flows efficiently to the organizations that are having the greatest impact, and where there is a dynamic culture of continuous learning and development."

They have provided the non-profit sector with valuable tools and information on how to e.g. use data effectively and have now created a collection of selected readings for you to download.

About the ebook:

This retrospective collection of selected readings includes an introduction by Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in which he highlights the "continuing wave of efforts that will push our sector to achieve even greater impact."

Following Jeff's introduction, the Markets for Good Collaboration Team recaps the first 15 months of the campaign, and how they expect Markets for Good to evolve going forward.

The subsequent 17 posts and authors' updates provide a range of perspectives on the most critical data-related challenges facing the social sector, and how these challenges can be addressed.

Posts were chosen for their high readership, topic diversity, and thought leadership.

The authors debate new and recurring hurdles in the social sector, like capacity and capital constraints; how qualitative data, including stories and beneficiary insights, can be incorporated into data-driven decision processes; and big-, medium-, and small-data management.

Free download here.

Originally published July 8, 2014