We are currently conducting an ambitious study of the visible signs of data driven decision making practices of the largest U.S foundations. As part of that project we’ve done a scan of the current research and writing on the subject. There’s not as much as you would think! Plus, because none of it is published in peer-reviewed journals, it’s harder to be sure you’ve found everything.
Thus, as a service to fellow researchers and practitioners and as a way of soliciting the support of our colleagues in identifying what we may have missed, we’re publishing a partially annotated bibliography: Data Driven Grantmaking: The State of Current Research. Andie Whitley and I have prepared eight summaries of some of the key research in the field, along with a full bibliography of the thirty-six papers we’ve identified. (We’ve also made these available for download and your use in both RTF and BibTeX formats.) We hope you find this to be of some use. Also, if you know of any research we’re missing, could you please let us know?