Data and Privacy

If you’re looking for a concise primer on using data in the nonprofit space, you can do a lot worse than this recent SSIR article by Jim Fruchterman. I particularly appreciate that Fruchterman integrates concerns about data security and privacy into his basic framework. At a time when many nonprofits are scrambling to increase their analytics capacity, data security can feel like it’s nice to have rather than an essential. But subjects as varied as e-vouchers for food and children’s school records can raise concerns about privacy, particularly the privacy of vulnerable populations. As sophisticated analytics become more common, the obligation to “first, do no harm” remains as pertinent as ever.