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Using Data Mining for Donor Profiling (Part 2) Knowledge

In the previous post, we discussed how data mining, a process through which meaningful data and patterns are acquired from large data sets, can benefit the charitable sector. Since the techniques used for mining meaningful data relies on computer science and coding, it is often automatic (or semi-automatic) once the algorithms are in place. Therefore, this process can be a feasible and effective tool for...

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Using Data Mining for Donor Profiling (Part 1) Knowledge

In the age where we are all a string of numbers that can be reduced to categories and patterns through which organizations and politicians target us with their products and agenda, it’s difficult (if not impossible) to stay completely off-the-grid and keep your information private. Only a nomad living in the woods can afford the luxury these days!   Data mining, the process of extracting...

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3 ways to make your participatory tools more effective Knowledge

Participatory methods emerged as an alternative tool to traditional-style development methods in the 1970s and have been well-used for development practice since the 1990s. The tools have become popular among researchers because they challenge the traditional top-down system of work by propagating a more linear method towards addressing development issues.  Moreover, they are positive and inclusive because they allow researchers to step outside power structures,...

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3 innovative communication tools for NGOs Knowledge

82% of the respondents for the 2018 Global NGO Technology Report believed that email updates were the most effective communication & fundraising tool employed by NPOs, NGOs and charities. In this day and age where today is already yesterday, Technology has become an integral part of our personal as well as professional lives. With companies like Zomato, Flipkart and Paytm reaching out to consumers in...

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Annual Report Knowledge

Be it the development, corporate, government or any other service sector, annual reporting of work, achievements and profits is considered a minimum mandate. Very often writing annual reports is seen as an ‘annual grind’ to meet the minimum requirements put down in company/society registration acts, give account of funds to donors and a way to document all the hard work for the year. While all...

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Current skilling scenario in India Knowledge

When we think of India, we think of diversity and culture, but we also think of overpopulation. A burgeoning population of 1.2 billion means that the average age in the country is 29 and half our population is under 25 years of age. We have the opportunity to turn this seemingly negative factor into a boon for India’s development, as we have a large potential...

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Evaluation in a cultural context Knowledge

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. —Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa At its heart, social impact evaluation is about people. It is about ensuring that people are best served by the interventions/schemes and as evaluators, our fundamental job is to...

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Top three nightmares every evaluator faces Knowledge

As researchers, one always wants to design and conduct the best of evaluations. Researchers plan and design evaluations aiming for the best results. Yet, the path to achieving the expected results is dark and full of terrors. In the real world there are certain challenges that every researcher faces, impeding the perfect evaluation. Along with the pressures of conducting good evaluations, common challenges that need...

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What makes a good evaluation? Knowledge

Evaluation tools are often thought of as an endnote to critically assess the effectiveness of a program. But a good, rigorous evaluation study is so much more. To start with, evaluation programs should be designed around the entire program before implementation begins. It should include a baseline group and a comparison group, and create monitoring mechanisms pre, post and ideally during the study. This helps...

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Enabling the enablers! Knowledge

Since the past few weeks I have been reading a lot on disabilities and how Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) form the world’s largest unheard minority. Being seen as the cursed ones, or outcomes of their evil past, PwDs have come a long way from there to be looked at as a complete human being. But is this actually true? Though India has one of the...

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