Goodwill Industries International (GII), in collaboration with Google.org and BrightHive, has launched the Data Impact Collaboration (IDC), an exciting new initiative aimed at increasing Goodwill’s ability to measure and share the impact of its programs. The IDC will help improve data collection, evaluation, and standardization across local and community-based Goodwill® organizations with the goal of using data as a powerful tool to improve program outcomes. Goodwill team members from across the country will work closely with Google.org Fellows and BrightHive to build and enhance data systems, streamline data submissions, and ultimately increase Goodwill’s capacity to utilize its data to drive impact.
Google.org Fellows will assist in developing tools to enable local Goodwill organizations to streamline information sharing with GII, helping Goodwill better understand the factors contributing to participant success. Additionally, an innovative partnership with the Census Bureau will allow Goodwill to match program participant data with U.S. unemployment data in order to better understand participant employment outcomes from Goodwill programs. These new data processes will improve Goodwill’s ability to draw meaningful insights from their program outcomes and make strategic, data-driven decisions to improve impact. Finally, the IDC will publish the program’s data via open source protocols making it available on the open web for other organizations and/or nonprofits to analyze (e.g., to improve their own training programs, write reports, etc.) or for developers to incorporate into their own applications (e.g., web search).
Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan is one of 10 pilot organizations across the country engaged in this initial effort!