Category Archives: Resources

Unconference basics

How unconferences differ from traditional conferences There is no predefined agenda. The attendees — that’s you! — decide at the beginning of the day which topics they’d like to discuss and engage in. Everyone participates. If you attend a session, it is because you want to learn, share, and contribute to the discussion. No one person [...]

LittleSis: A Database of Connections

Creator(s) The Public Accountability Initiative Description LittleSis is a free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations. It aggregates public data from several sources and maps influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and affiliated institutions. LittleSis advances transparency and supports the work of journalists, watchdogs, and [...]

Dr.Pop: How to Research a Slumlord

Creator(s) Dr. Pop: Andrea Gibbons (text), Gilda Haas (video) Description Video overview of how to research a slumlord, along with instructions and resources Use Learn how to use social network analysis for advocacy; get ideas about where you might find similar data sources in your country (or advocate to open them up!) Date April 2010 License [...]

Geoff McGhee: Journalism in the Age of Data

Creator(s) Geoff McGhee Description An annotated video report on data journalism Use Data journalism is an excellent way to get into data visualization because it teaches you tell a story visually with a specific goal Date 2010 License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License View Go to interactive website, or view the series of nine [...]

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

Creator(s) David McCandless Description Video overview of data visualization, along with review questions and resources Use Understand basic concepts of good data visualization Date July 2010 License Copyright TED Conferences, distributed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license Download Video embedded below David McCandless turns complex data sets, like worldwide military spending, media buzz, and Facebook [...]

Stephen Few: Data Visualization for Human Perception

Creator(s) Stephen Few Description Book chapter in Soegaard, Mads and Dam, Rikke Friis (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed. Aarhus, Denmark: The Interaction Design Foundation. Use Understand basic concepts of good data visualization. Date 2013 License The Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs Licence & The Interaction Design Foundation Addendum to the Creative Commons licence. Review full [...]

Spitfire Strategies: Just Enough Planning Guide

Creator(s) Spitfire Strategies Description A campaign planning guide, accompanied by an online tool and printable template Use The Just Enough Planning Guide focuses on systematically building a high-impact campaign plan — and getting down on paper quickly. It helps practitioners ask the right questions, develop answers that define strategy, make decisions about who needs to be [...]

Spitfire Strategies SmartChart 3.0

Creator(s) Spitfire Strategies Description A communication planning tool focused on assessing your strategic decisions. Use Develop a detailed communication strategy for a campaign or issue. (Not for overall organizational communication strategy.) Date 2008 License None Download Spitfire Strategies Smart Chart 3.0 (PDF)

Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World

Creator(s) Beth Kanter, Katie Delahaye Paine Description A summary of social media monitoring metrics, adapted from Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World. Use Use this resource to assess where your organization stands and to develop your own social media monitoring metrics. Date October, 2012 License Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Download Summary [...]