Center for Digital Information: A Resource for Nonprofits to Modernize Communications

Establishing a pilot program to advance digital innovation in the nonprofit policy research field

Dates of Project: September 2011 to April 2013

Description: Nonprofit organizations that produce and distribute policy information (such as think tanks, foundations, and academic institutions) still rely on lengthy PDF documents and do not take advantage of modern digital applications that can better engage the public.

From 2011 to 2013, the Center for Digital Information sought to help policy research organizations better communicate research findings by using advanced digital media.

The center held meetings with nonprofit organizations to discuss how they can better adapt to the new digital information world. The center also created demonstration projects to show how research findings can be more interactive and engaging to online viewers. It also compiled examples of digital information products and tracked how the digital landscape continues to change.

“I knew going into this that people didn’t understand what the idea of ‘beyond the PDF’ looked like or who is doing this. I wanted a place where people who needed convincing could go and see this information to understand their practices were outdated.”—Project Director, Jeff Stanger, MA.

Related Websites

  • http://dashboard.digitalinfo.org. Interactive data dashboard created to track the ongoing evolution of the digital era for use by foundations and policy organizations.
  • http://foods.bridgingthegapresearch.org. Demonstration project displaying six years of state policy research on "competitive foods" in schools, collected by the Bridging the Gap.
  • http://healthycommunities.digitalinfo.org. Demonstration project entitled "Healthy Communities for Retirement" created to present key findings from the Harvard School of Public Health-RWJF-NPR survey on "Retirement and Health."
  • http://retirement.digitalinfo.org. Demonstration project created to present key findings from the Harvard School of Public Health-RWJF-NPR survey on "Retirement and Health."