Data collection is based on what we ask, what is of interest to us, and what we deem to be important and worthy of knowing. This is all determined by who we are, where we sit, what we value, and how we see the world. "Our biases remove our ability to be neutral, and we can't claim that what we collect is representative of the full truth (or even the most important truth)."
While a necessary component of a funder-grantee relationship, reporting typically engenders about as much excitement as a cupful of cod liver oil. Just hold your nose for a few seconds (or in this case, a few months or more), swallow, and it will be over.
Imagine what we can accomplish if we are able to redirect all of the resources currently devoted to capturing data and information in applications and reports toward understanding and acting on what is learned.
In many ways, the question of “Who gets the credit?” is the wrong question. It is based on assumptions that programs and organizations achieve results on their own.