NGO Datasets

Dataworld, a social network for data sharing, has over 250 datasets listed related to NGOs and nonprofits.

Duke University Library also maintains some good lists of NGO directories and yearbooks:

NGO Directories

Can Big Data Be Used for Program Evaluation?

A couple of recent publications highlight potential uses of “big data” for traditional M&E or program evaluation purposes.

Urban Institute's NCCS Embraces Open Science

The Urban Institute has streamlined the process for writing their annual Nonprofit Sector in Brief publication by opening up their data and creating data-driven documents using R and markdown. For an overview of the process check out their recent blog.