This collection of L.I.N.K.S., fourth in the series, has a theme: building informed and engaged organizations, teams, and individuals. There are three links for each of the three levels. Please comment on these or share your favorites.
- The John L. and James S. Knight Foundation for Informed and Engaged Communities http://www.knightfoundation.org/about_knight/
- The Gallup organization conducts polling at the local, National, and even global levels to identify and analyze trends http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx
- The Hub - A Resource Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Journalism http://www.npjhub.org/organizations
- Pew Research Center conducts polls to understand individual awareness, information flow, and the role of the press in helping people gain awareness. (See note below about polls and poll design.) http://people-press.org/
- The Consulting Team for leader development and building better teams http://www.theconsultingteam.com/W-BuildingBetterTeams.htm
- Meredith Belbin identified nine essential roles each effective team must include (Belbin Team Roles) http://www.belbin.com/
- Civic Source is a web portal for encouraging individuals and leaders to get involved in civic engagement http://www.civicsource.org/about/
- The Jean and Steve Case Foundation for democratizing philanthropy and connecting philanthropists with causes http://www.casefoundation.org/
- The Gallup organization uses Clifton's Strengths Finder research to help align people to other people and to organizations based on individual strengths http://www.strengthsfinder.com/home.aspx.
Note about polls and poll design, and why I grouped Gallup and Pew in different levels. Public opinion polls reflect the aggregated opinions of individuals. The data can be disaggregated into constituent subgroups as well. Two types of polls are trend and flash. Trend polls are designed to show trends over time (e.g., the President's Approval Rating). For these, the same questions are asked to the same sample group on a recurring basis. In contrast are flash polls, designed to show responses to a particular question (e.g., predict who will win an election). Gallup and Pew conduct both types of polls. In my experience, Gallup has made more of an effort to aggregate poll results to national and even global levels, and Pew has more often disaggregated results to illustrate important distinctions between subgroups. Illustrative examples include Gallup's survey of the world's Muslim population, and Pew's recent political typology study, in which people are sorted into a political bin based upon their answers to 20 questions. I grouped Gallup with Organizations and Pew with Teams to reflect this perceived difference in respective poll designs and intent. Check them both out!