Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. New Profit Blog: Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. Releases Application for Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success Competition "America Forward and New Profit are partnering with Third Sector Capital Partners, a pay for success advisory firm, on their $1.9M Social Innovation Fund award to explore and expand Pay for Success across the country. Today, Third Sector launched the first of two open competitions to select sub-recipients for technical assistance and feasibility work aimed at constructing a Pay for Success initiative in the areas of youth development, economic opportunity, and healthy futures."
  2. The Huffington Post: Neuroscience Improves Early Childhood Education Quality "...a just-released study conducted by New York University researchers...tested the impact of a curriculum based on findings from neuroscience revealing that promoting executive function life skills enhances children's engagement and success in school and in life."
  3. Tech Cocktail San Francisco: Y Combinator-Backed CareMessage Raises Over $3.7 Million In First Round Of Fundraising "San Francisco-based startup CareMessage announced a series of grants that will enable the organization to bring its technology to millions of low-income patients in order to help them live healthier lives. The non-profit startup develops technology to improve healthcare delivery and management for patients in medically underserved areas of the United States through the use of mobile phones. The platform and associated disease management programs enable healthcare organizations to facilitate text and voice messaging-based outreach to promote greater patient engagement and improved self-care."
  4. The New York Times: Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren ClassDojo and other student tracking apps are under scrutiny by "some parents, teachers and privacy law scholars [who] say ClassDojo, along with other unproven technologies that record sensitive information about students, is being adopted without sufficiently considering the ramifications for data privacy and fairness, like where and how the data might eventually be used."
  5. Mind Shift: The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning "How can games unlock a rich world of learning? This is the big question at the heart of the growing games and learning movement that’s gaining momentum in education. The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning [PDF] explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use."