At each stop on the Digital Impact World Tour, we are asking participants to share the tools, tips and resources that help them use and manage digital resources safely, ethically and effectively. Then we are asking: what’s missing?


Explore the lists below of “What We Use” and “What We Need” that civil society leaders shared at Digital Impact New York City on October 23. Add your own ideas by dropping us a note at


“What We Use”


Software and Tech


Policies, Frameworks, Models, and Toolkits

  • CORE at UCSD connected and open research
  • Mix Market : Data standards in the financial inclusion sector
  • Charity Navigator:Nonprofit open data collective to democratize access to open 990s
  • Build opinionated tools for analysis
  • Board Stat
  • Health sector informed consent


Organizations & Programs


“What We Need”


Software and Tech

  • Strategies to complete automated anti-justice messaging
  • Stop geolocating all apps
  • A way to visualize digital society in real time and at scale


Policies, Framework, Models, Toolkits

  • Data standard for public data as rigorous as those for private entities
  • Standards and policy for data privacy and general data usage
  • Multi-stakeholder solutions
  • With more decisions being made by AI, should establish accountability for decisions taken with data



  • Citizens not consumers
  • Greater acceptance by nonprofits of private sector engagement
  • Embracing new methodology
  • Stop trying to do it alone
  • New questions: What’s at stake, whose values


Training and Capacity Building

  • Federated data
  • More private sector partnerships




  • Framework for data protection using ethereum
  • Whose responsibility is it to clean up open data?
  • How do we create and enforce data standards across sectors and issues areas?
  • How can we address informed consent in domains like education where data is seen primarily as an accountability measure?
  • Who can organizations go to for help or advice on dealing with sensitive data?
  • Do you think foundations should provide organizations with both knowledge and tools to secure data that they require for measuring the impact of work they are funding?
  • How will civil society ever catch up to corporations with protection at individual or collective levels?
  • How can the private sector engage in data and philanthropy responsibly?
  • What does a baseline framework consist of if we want to provide basic security and backup protocols for data collection housed by grantors and grantees? How can funders, corporation, civil society, and digital civil society collaborate to achieve this?
  •  On a scale from 1-10, is your organization data poor or data rich?