Data Solutions

Our Approach

Social Finance works with government and nonprofit leaders to help them better understand, analyze, and visualize their data. We help organizations unlock insights by making information more accessible, integrated, and useful for decisionmaking. By creating a stronger data infrastructure, better feedback mechanisms, and greater precision around measurement and learning, we help agencies deliver results for people and communities.

Data Equity

Throughout our data insights work, we incorporate a data equity lens for how we plan and execute measurement, analysis, and data visualization—including elevating participant voice and experience; identifying biases in data sets; conducting key subgroup analyses; and using inclusive language in survey design, visualizations, and reports.

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Analyzing the Costs of Homelessness in Ventura County, California


County and city departments worked with Social Finance to analyze data on public service usage linked to persistent homelessness

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Launching a Juvenile Reentry Program in Marion County, Oregon

Defined metrics and used real-time program data to improve a juvenile justice support program in Marion County

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Using Data to Improve Mental Health Crisis Response in Santa Barbara, California


Hours of patrol unit time saved in 2020 as a result of the analysis

To meaningfully address persistent homelessness, we have to first understand its human and economic costs. Social Finance helped us do that in Ventura County, collecting and contextualizing key data to inform future discussions.

Christy Madden

HUD Program Manager, Ventura County, California

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Social Finance has helped our county better understand our co-response teams’ work and impact by integrating large datasets. They distilled this data into informative visual graphics that have enabled us to track trends and make data-based decisions. And they are a joy to work with!

Caitlin Lepore, PhD, LCSW

Research & Program Evaluation Associate, Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness

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