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Elizabeth Hartig

Elizabeth Hartig is a program officer at The Chicago Foundation for Women, a community foundation in Chicago that strives to improve the lives of women and girls through grants, advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education.
Big Data Barges In

Big Data Barges In

More than Mere Numbers From Malte Spitz’s musings that cell phone records could have prevented the fall of the Berlin Wall to the White House’s $200 million commitment to “greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data,” big data is everywhere, and the philanthropic sector is no exception. Grantmaking increasingly requires deftly balancing processes and outcomes, transparency and privacy, capacity building and program investment—all elements of decision-making that must incorporate the promised panacea: data. More efficient and effective grantmaking will likely be the result of an increased understanding and use