Data + Research: Good, Innovative magazines

written by naehblog
October 7, 2009

Continuing with the theme of research, data, and scholarship this week (did a chance to see our video fact sheet?), I thought I’d highlight a couple of magazines that are near and dear to our hearts at the Homelessness Research Institute. These magazines cover current events, data and statistics, and social innovation – using evidence-based, fact-driven research to influence and inform policy and practice.

We flip through the magazines and click through their website to read the latest in innovations in the field and get inspired for our own projects and tools.

A few we really like:

The Stanford Social Innovation Review

The name says it all, doesn’t it? This straightforward, scholarly, no-nonsense magazine is a clear and thoughtful arbiter of information about social innovation.

Their goal, as they delineate themselves, is to “share substantive insights and practical experiences that will help those who do the important work of improving society do it even better.. to strike a balance between the pragmatic and the intellectual, to embrace no predefined political ideology, and to champion the interests of no single constituency. Instead, we will broker conversations, ask hard questions, disseminate the fruits of rigorous research, and present real-life case studies.”

A particular recent gem of an article: The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle.


Miller McCune looks to “turn research into solutions” – or more specifically, “draws on academic research and other definitive sources to provide reasoned policy options and solutions for today’s pressing issues.” The magazine looks into legal affairs, business and economics, society and culture, science and the environment, among slew of other issues facing the world today.

An fairly recent Alliance mention in the magazine: “The Homemakers.

And finally – Good

The racier rebel of the group, Good magazine is for – truly – “people who give a damn.” And in other terms, “Good is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward.”

And that’s about as specific as it gets – the magazine, like the two before – covers a range of issues with no specific focus on any particular one. It feature blogs and videos and promotes upcoming events, but my personal favorite part of the magazine is the way they deal with visuals and graphics.

For example the site boasts it’s use of “ Infographics – a series of visual representations of social problems. A couple of more recent ones covered religion, health care, and crime. The artwork is truly creative, if sometimes a bit hard to consume.

So those are some of our online favorites – check them out! And feel free to share yours with us – don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s something we should see!