SmartyGrants is about a lot more than software. It's about delivering grantmaking reform as widely and deeply as possible.
SmartyGrants is overseen by one of Australia's most prominent social enterprises, Our Community. We're not about business for business' sake; we're about creating social value.
At the core of Our Community's work is the Innovation Lab, a place where data scientists, thinkers, and planners come together to seed ideas to do old things better or new things first.
The ideas generated by the Innovation Lab feed into SmartyGrants, manifesting in the form of tools and methods designed to make grantmakers' and grantseekers' lives easier, and grantmaking outcomes better. As the profession (some would say craft) of grantmaking matures, we're always thinking of new ways to deliver greater value.
Some of the Innovation Lab projects relevant to SmartyGrants are listed below:
CLASSIE is a set of common terms that describe social sector initiatives and entities. When used collectively and systematically, the terms articulated and described in CLASSIE help grantmakers (and others) to make better sense of what's being funded and who's benefiting from that funding.
The Our Community Innovation Lab team is working on a suite of tools that will help you visualise your data according to location, with a range of overlays available to provide additional context.
Social lenses in grantmaking
We're creating tools to help grantmakers and grant applicants/recipients uncover and remove social bias, creating fairer, more effective social change.
OurFile centralises and systematises the storage and retrieval of reusable information about social sector organisations. A central repository will be linked with Our Community’s numerous online systems (including SmartyGrants, GiveNow and the Join In, Join Up! directory), making uploading and updating of data into online appeals, grant applications and a range of other services and platforms instant and effortless.
Outcomes Engine, Centre for What Works
The Outcomes Engine is the tool that SmartyGrants uses to crunch through all of the data created by SmartyGrants standard fields to give grantmakers a better understanding about the effects of their funded organisations and projects, and (with permission) make it available for others to interrogate through the Centre for What Works.
The Innovation Lab
The Innovation Lab is the engine room for creation of the tools that help us deliver our Reform Agenda.