The Women’s Funding Network is a San Francisco-based network of grant-makers focused on improving the lives of women and girls worldwide. I worked as an independent consultant with WFN from June 2010 to October 2011 on the Online Engagement Project, an initiative exploring opportunities for WFN to use online technology, visualization, and data to support their work and the work of their member funds. The project included a discovery phase, based on research, interviews, and discussion with a range of stakeholders, followed by a pilot phase, consisting of a set of pilot projects with member funds.
While the primary output was a series of reports documenting my findings and outlining a roadmap for implementation, my work also included a number of smaller, concrete projects to test our findings and take advantage of “quick win” opportunities. Highlights include:
- A visualization project with WFN member the Global Fund for Women, exploring the potential of visualization approaches to analyze GFW’s grant-making portfolio.
- An impact report on 12 WFN members in the South, using data visualization to present the funds’ common context and collective impact.
- Technical support for WFN’s 2011 Annual Conference, which focused on the power of social media.